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A look at how mobile phone technology has changed over the years
9 August 2011 marks the 30th Anniversary of the launch of Australia's first public mobile network, the PAMTS or 007 network.
Telecom’s managing director, Bill Pollock, made the first phone call in Australia as he was driving in Melbourne - he called Telecom’s Chief Commissioner, Tom May, in Sydney, officially launching the new service.
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Telstra’s Executive Director of Networks and Access Technologies, Mike Wright, was a graduate engineer in 1981. He oversaw the installation of the first mobile network exchange in Brisbane.
“Back in 1981 I never imagined there would be more mobile devices in Australia than people, and that they could be used to watch live TV, someday feature 3D content and become a critical way to how we connect,” Wright said.
“We called the first Telstra network the 007 Network because that was the number range it used and while in today’s terms it was more like a ’Zero-G‘ network, it was the foundation of Australia’s modern mobile phone industry. In just 30 years we’re now building a 4G network - that’s five generations of mobile evolution so far in my career.”
TV personality, John Burgess, was one of the first people in Australia to have a car phone in the early 1980s. He is pictured here with the first mobile phone in Australia powered by the country's first mobile network - 007 / PAMTS - which launched 30 years ago.