”We were the ABBA of Mobile Telephony”

Friday Seminar
Date and time: June 16, 2017 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Place: EIT Digital Open Area, Electrum, Kista, Floor 3, Elevator C
Speaker: Per-Göran Ohlsson

— The history of Ericsson’s mobile phones —

What the company Ericsson develops today is hard to grasp for most people but, in the last decades of the 20th century the name Ericsson was equal to mobile phones.

Ericsson was one of the pioneers in mobile telephony and the brand HotLine was developed to help Ericsson promote messages like: “there are occasions in life when you really need a mobile phone more than anything else!!” Little did we know that 35 years later we can do almost everything with our mobile phones and that there are few occasions in life when we don’t bring them along.

In this presentation, we look back on the early days of the Swedish mobile phones industry and follow the sometimes dramatic ups and downs of Ericsson Mobile Communication / Sony Ericsson. We recall some of the many phones that we have had and look at why good farmland in Lund became the centre of mobile phone development.

Per Göran Ohlsson worked 27 years with mobile phones and when Sony in 2012 moved all development to Tokyo he believed that it his part in the phone development had come to an end. But history took an unexpected turn and in 2013 he, together with two former colleagues, wrote and published the book “Ericssons Mobiltelefoner 1983-2001”. Since then he has held many lectures where he has told the fascinating story and the story is now also a part of the University course “History of Technology” at Lund Technical University.

Coffee and sweets will be served!

Most Welcome!

Wireless@KTH team

Link to webcast: https://connect.sunet.se/fridayseminars/


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