GoMo still hasn’t found who made first cellular call
It’s a sad day to have lost Douglas Engelbart who went on to inspire the likes of Apple’s Steve Jobs. But to describe him as the “Man who first clicked on the idea of networking PCs” is just one step too far for us here at GoMo News. It’s just another case of Apple fanboys trying to rewrite history. It’s up there with the claim by Motorola that its employee, Martin Cooper, made “the world’s first public mobile phone call” back in New York on April 3rd 1973. He didn’t. It was somebody in Saudi Arabia (almost certainly a Prince) but we’ve never been able to trace him/her.
Let’s face it. If Apple really had inspired personal networking then we’d all be using AppleTalk and instead we’re using Ethernet (which @ GoMo News we attribute to Bob Metcalfe).
What Engelbart gave us was the mouse and the idea of a graphical user interface. He certainly didn’t demonstrate networking years before the Internet as suggested.
In fact, Englebart created the first working hypertext system, NLS, which was actually the second computer system connected to the ARPANET.
ARPANET was the precursor to the Internet, of course.
Now back to that first ‘mobile call’. The first cellular telephony system was actually NMT (Nordic Mobile Telephony).
It was supposed to go live first in Sweden but Ericsson had won a very lucrative contract from Saudi Arabia and its NMT switch actually went live on September 1st 1981.
Incredibly, there’s no record of who actually cut the ribbon. Perhaps one of our Swedish readers could find out?
Talking of Bob Metcalfe, he got the idea for Ethernet from a packet radio system called ALOHAnet linking the Hawaiian Islands back in the late 1960s.
So, does that make him the father of mobile data as well one wonders?