On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his revolutionary new device—the telephone. Since then, telephony has evolved in ways even this great thinker could not have imagined. After connecting the world with telephone wires, we moved to wireless for voice services and eventually mobile data, i.e. the internet. The GSM Association (GSMA) says there are now more than 5 billion mobile subscribers globally. Mobile technology dominates the telecom industry.

CLICK TO TWEET:  On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his revolutionary new device—the telephone.

At GSMA’s recent Mobile World Congress event, CommScope displayed our latest technologies that help enable the next generation of wireless, 5G. From antennas that boost current network speeds to 1 Gigabit per second to new solutions for in-building wireless and fixed wireless access, CommScope continues in the innovative spirit of Bell. Here’s a quick video from the show floor summarizing our latest work. To stay abreast of our news throughout the year, sign up to receive our press releases and blog posts.

Seeing how much progress has happened in the last 142 years, I can only imagine what the telecom business will look like in 2160. But with the pace of innovation happening so quickly, I’m excited to see what a mere five years will bring.

About the Author

Ben Cardwell

Ben Cardwell is the senior vice president and segment lead for CommScope’s Venue and Campus Networks businesses at CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. In this role, he is responsible for leading the global business units that develop innovative wireline and wireless solutions for use in public and private networks for campuses, venues, data centers, and buildings around the world.

Previously, Mr. Cardwell was CommScope’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, and earlier was senior vice president of global wireless sales, responsible for leading all CommScope customer-facing activities for the Wireless group globally.

A 25-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Mr. Cardwell has served as vice president of wireless sales for CommScope Asia Pacific, where he worked closely with US and Asia Pacific service providers in developing and deploying radio frequency and data communications infrastructure for voice and data services over mobile networks. Prior to joining CommScope, Mr. Cardwell served in various leadership positions in research and development, product management, systems engineering, and field sales with UTStarcom, Ericsson, and 3Com.  

Mr. Cardwell graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in physics. He holds an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

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2 comments for "Remembering Alexander Graham Bell"
Michel Cristian Thursday, March 08, 2018 4:43 AM

Bell did not invent or build the first telephone device because the first invention, realization and the first patent in United States, the projects and the design was made of the italian inventor Antonio Meucci as declared by the Congress of the United States in 2002.

Joe Depa Thursday, March 08, 2018 2:23 PM

Hi Michel, We appreciate your comment and thank you for pointing out the contributions of Antonio Meucci.

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