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This article was published on July 1, 2011


    20 years ago today, the first GSM phone call was made

    20 years ago today, the first GSM phone call was made


    Paul Sawers
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    Paul Sawers

    Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check h Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check him out on Google+.

    Twenty years ago today, Finnish Prime Minister, Harri Holkeri, made the world’s first GSM call.

    The landmark moment, on the 1st of July 1991, heralded the start of the modern mobile communications era, and the second generation (2G) networks helped kickstart the mobile phone revolution, before 3G gained momentum at the turn of the century.

    In the first GSM phonecall, placed using Nokia equipment, Holkeri talks to Kaarina Suonio, the vice mayor of Tampere, a city in Finland. And they discussed the noise reduction and how GSM was the safest and most economical network in the world.

    Whilst 3G is now widespread, GSM still supports more than 4 billion users around the world in over 230 countries. See a video of the first ever GSM call here:

    http://youtu.be/AkZn7jFd9Rc