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The Wireless Heritage Group

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About the group

The Wireless Heritage Special Interest Group (SIG) has been established to develop existing contacts with museums and organisations with an interest in telecoms and wireless history. The objective is to organise events that reference past experience in a contemporary context.

The telecoms industry has a well-documented history and rich collection of iconic articles, the majority of which are in storage with intermittent public access. The collections include examples of materials and manufacturing innovation which are inspiring and informative with direct relevance to present decision making and industrial policy.

Prior to the formation of the Wireless Heritage SIG, Cambridge Wireless has organised a number of events with an industry relevant heritage theme including one and two day events at Duxford in association with the Pye Telecom Wireless Heritage Group, and the Cellular 25 event at the Science Museum in January 2010.

Cellular 25 helped raise funds for the new telecoms gallery, The Information Age at the Science Museum which opened in September 2014.

While fund raising is not a core objective of the Heritage SIG we will be looking to develop events that can produce a profit which can be invested to support curatorial and research activities within the sector.

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SIG Champions

  • Stirling Essex — Director, Espansivo

     Stirling Essex has over 25 years of product development, product management, strategic marketing and business development experience in many areas of wireless technology, and has been intimately involved in the development of test systems for GSM, CDMA (IS-95), 3G (W-CDMA) and LTE. He founded Espansivo, a technology consultancy specialising in helping organisations with their technology, product and business decisions, in...

     Stirling Essex has over 25 years of product development, product management, strategic marketing and business development experience in many areas of wireless technology, and has been intimately involved in the development of test systems for GSM, CDMA (IS-95), 3G (W-CDMA) and LTE. He founded Espansivo, a technology consultancy specialising in helping organisations with their technology, product and business decisions, in 2005. Stirling was previously a co-champion of the CW Future Wide Area Wireless Special Interest Group and has been a member of the CW Board since 2004.

  • Mr Stephen Haseldine — Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain

    Steve Haseldine FIMC FRSA is the Chairman of three companies, Alerter Group plc, Electronic Communications Ltd and Evets Communications Ltd, businesses that design and manufacture in-building, radio-based, emergency communication systems; software defined radio solutions and operate PMR, FM Broadcast and Cellular transmission sites. His connection with radio started over 50 years ago as a schoolboy, when he became a licensed...

    Steve Haseldine FIMC FRSA is the Chairman of three companies, Alerter Group plc, Electronic Communications Ltd and Evets Communications Ltd, businesses that design and manufacture in-building, radio-based, emergency communication systems; software defined radio solutions and operate PMR, FM Broadcast and Cellular transmission sites. His connection with radio started over 50 years ago as a schoolboy, when he became a licensed radio amateur, an interest which has influenced much of his professional career. Sponsored as a Computer Science student focused on software development with Rolls Royce, he subsequently worked for GEC Telecommunications before becoming a Management Consultant with Price Waterhouse. Starting his own software house and radio communication businesses in 1979 he has found it rewarding that his two passions of software and radio have evolved into an almost common technology. He has seen his own companies being judged the Midlands Best Small Business of 2013 and the leading Company for Innovation in both 2012 and 2013. As well as remaining an active radio amateur, Steve has now amassed one of the largest personal collections of communication radio equipment in the UK, with over 3000 receivers, transmitters and ancillary equipment, the vast majority of which are fully operational. The collection spans from the early spark transmitters to the latest Software Defined Radios.

  • Simon Rockman — Founder, Fuss Free Phones

    Simon Rockman lives at both ends of the adoption bell curve. As an experienced technology writer he was the editor of Personal Computer World in the late 1980s and went on to found What Mobile magazine which he ran for ten years, and has reviewed over 300 handsets. As the mobile correspondent for The Register he championed CW writing a...

    Simon Rockman lives at both ends of the adoption bell curve. As an experienced technology writer he was the editor of Personal Computer World in the late 1980s and went on to found What Mobile magazine which he ran for ten years, and has reviewed over 300 handsets. As the mobile correspondent for The Register he championed CW writing a number of articles supporting the organisation. He has also had senior roles in telecoms having been the Creative Experience Director at Motorola where he looked at new uses for mobile and Head of Requirements at Sony Ericsson where we worked on innovative devices at entry level. He was the Head of the Mobile Money Information Exchange at the GSMA and has launched Fuss Free Phones an MVNO aimed at older users.

  • Prof Andy Sutton — Principal Network Architect, EE

    Professor Andy Sutton is EE’s Principal Network Architect with responsibilities for RAN architecture evolution and mobile backhaul strategy and architecture. He has over 25 years of experience within the telecommunications industry, mainly in radio access, transmission and transport network strategy, architecture and design. Andy worked for Mercury Communications Ltd on fixed network transmission, switching and synchronisation before joining the cellular...

    Professor Andy Sutton is EE’s Principal Network Architect with responsibilities for RAN architecture evolution and mobile backhaul strategy and architecture. He has over 25 years of experience within the telecommunications industry, mainly in radio access, transmission and transport network strategy, architecture and design. Andy worked for Mercury Communications Ltd on fixed network transmission, switching and synchronisation before joining the cellular industry in 1993. During the last 20 years Andy has worked for Orange, France Telecom Group, H3G and EE. Andy is a Visiting Professor with the department of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the British Computer Society, Member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals and Member of the Telecommunications Heritage Group. Andy has a deep interest in all aspects of telecommunications history and heritage with a particular focus on cellular systems.

  • Geoff Varrall — Director, RTT Online

    Geoff Varrall is a founder Director of RTT Programmes, a company specializing in providing technology and engineering consultancy to the wireless industry. A co-author of four books on telecommunications, Geoff has recently completed a series of studies for the GSM Association on the RF Cost economics of handsets and is widely respected for his ability to combine a broad understanding...

    Geoff Varrall is a founder Director of RTT Programmes, a company specializing in providing technology and engineering consultancy to the wireless industry. A co-author of four books on telecommunications, Geoff has recently completed a series of studies for the GSM Association on the RF Cost economics of handsets and is widely respected for his ability to combine a broad understanding of industry technical issues with economic and business analysis. RTT has been running training workshops and strategic seminars and conferences in Europe for over 20 years. Part of his involvement with Cambridge Wireless is to help facilitate the development of new member services including workshops and conferences that can provide the basis for information exchange and business development opportunities for Cambridge Wireless members. He is presently working on developing a Wireless Heritage Special Interest Group. The role of the Wireless Heritage Group is to provide a forum in which the very substantial historic role of Cambridge in the wireless industry over the past 70 years can be promoted internationally.

  • Nigel Wall — Director, Climate Associates

    Nigel Wall is an independent system engineering consultant and Director of Climate Associates Ltd: CAL helps organisations optimise ICT system design based on understanding the whole life carbon footprint cost of deploying innovative ICT technology compared to using current systems. Climate Associates are leading work with ITU-T SG5 and ETSI in standardising the analysis and in determining best practice. Nigel...

    Nigel Wall is an independent system engineering consultant and Director of Climate Associates Ltd: CAL helps organisations optimise ICT system design based on understanding the whole life carbon footprint cost of deploying innovative ICT technology compared to using current systems. Climate Associates are leading work with ITU-T SG5 and ETSI in standardising the analysis and in determining best practice. Nigel is also involved with Intelligent Transport Systems – 'connected cars' he is the Chair of the ITS UK Communications SIG and the Land Navigation & Location Group at the Royal Institute of Navigation.

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