Tuesday, 7 December 2010
16:00 - 17:10

IEEE GLOBECOM 2010 History Forum
Mobile Telephony and Its Economic and Social Impacts

(Forum Organizers and Chairs: Dr. Jacob Baal-Schem and Prof. Jean-Marie Dilhac)



Since the introduction of mobile telephony in the early 1950s, the demand for this service exploded.  The advent of the GSM network in Europe provided the first wide-area coverage for mobile access to data and multimedia. Military and Corporate users were first to use these devices as it provided fast and secure access to the latest information. It seems that the latent demand for mobile telecommunications services continued to be very strong. By the year 2000 the penetration rate reached 100% of the population in some European countries. Still, a massive growth in the market for mobile multimedia occurred in 2001. During the years, synergies between entertainment, computing and telecommunications led to new applications. In 2002, mobile subscribers worldwide have outnumbered fixed-line subscribers.

Japan's position as a world leader in mobile communications is widely acknowledged. Japan’s mobile service began, like many other countries, with car phones, which were introduced by NTT in 1979. Nowadays, a wide variety of applications and contents are provided in the mobile communications market in Japan.

The Forum provides a Historical overview of the development of mobile telecommunications from its birth, with a special view on its economic and social impacts. Presentations will cover developments and services in the U.S., France and Japan, from the emergence of mobile telephony until today.


  1. The Mobile Phone Revolution– an overview
  2. History of GSM
  3. Development of mobile communication systems in Japan and its impact on the market
  4. Mobile Communications:ف From Vehicular to Cellular

Prof. Jean-Marie Dilhac
Professor, University of Toulouse, France


Jean-Marie Dilhac is professor at Institut National des Sciences Appliquछes of Toulouse (France) where he is teaching electronics, telecommunications, and history of telecommunications. He is also active as a senior scientist at Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systगmes (LAAS-CNRS) in the area of energy management for powering Wireless Sensor Networks for aeronautical applications. In addition to his publications in his major research fields, he authored several papers about such telecommunications pioneers as Claude Chappe, Edouard Branly and Edouard Estauniड.

Gunther Karger
Senior Life Member, IEEE, Consultant and Author, USA


Gunther Kargerهhelped pioneer communications working at Bell Labs and ITT during the 1960’s.ه He was one of three engineers to develop the Courier Communications Satellite experiment in 1960. While Project Manager of Strategic Command Control Systems (C3) at ITT Communication Systems (ICS), he developed communication networks for national and military operations in a post nuclear attack environment.ه Karger engineered the first transcontinental microwave network specifying tower site locations and presently is consultant in the broadband wireless networks industry.

Karger transferred his aerospace knowledge to the airline industry where he developed a model to forecast revenue and became Director of Forecasting and Economics at Eastern Airlines. Thereafter, Karger launched a career in the financial services industry doing investment research, served as Arbitrator, authored the book “Thieves on Wall Street”, is a speaker on cruise ships and has appeared as a financial commentator on TV.فف

Gunther Karger received his BSEE from Louisiana State University (LSU), served in USAF where he was airborne radar instructor.ف He is past Chairman of the IEEE Communications Group (Comsoc) in New Jersey, IEEE Chairman-Canaveral Section and was IEEE Communications Society Newsletter Editor.

He is married to Shirley Karger, lives in Palmetto Bay, FL. Gunther Karger, was born in Germany and is a Holocaust survivor losing his entire family. He was raised in foster homes and orphanages in Sweden and the U.S.

Dr. George F. McClureفف (IEEE Life Fellow)
Past President, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA


A Life Fellow of ieee, George McClure is a past president of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS).ف He received three Outstanding Service awards from VTS. For 35 years he served as an elected member of the VTS Board of Governors.ف George has also served as chairman for two Vehicular Technology international conferences, both held in Orlando.ف He also chaired AUTOTESTCON 1981, held in Orlando. In 1999 he received the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism, its highest award. He has also received two IEEE-USA awards for outstanding service as a regional chair for professional activities.فف He has served as chair for the IEEE-USA Pensions Committee, the Engineering Employment Benefits Committee, the Careers and Workforce Policy Committee, and the Communications Committee.ف He continues his second decade as Technology Policy Editor for Today’s Engineer on the Web, a webzine for IEEE-USA.
He was elected an IEEE Fellow for contributions to spectrum efficiency for cellular communications.ه George retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation after more than 30 years in communications-electronics, engineering both tactical military communications systems and the later civilian cellular applications coordinated with the Bell Labs’ Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS).ه He was awarded two patents dealing with cellular communications techniques.ه He was co-editor of “Land-Mobile Communications Engineering,” sponsored by VTS and published by IEEE Press.ف A past editor of the “IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology”, he is a frequent contributor on career and technology policy topics to “Today’s Engineer” on the Web, at www.todaysengineer.orgفand a member of the Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy for IEEE-USA.

He is currently chair of the IEEE Life Member Committee.

Dr. Atsushi Murase
Managing Director, Research Laboratories, NTT DoCoMo Inc., Japan


Atsushi Muraseفreceived the Electronics and Communications Engineering bachelor degree from Waseda University, Tokyo in March 1981 and joined NTT directly. He received the Ph.D. degree in cellular radio control channel design for random access control and paging signal broadcasting from Waseda University in March 1991. He has broad experience from 1G to 3G mobile communication systems development especially for base stations, controllers and 3G FOMA terminals through more than 20 years activities in mobile communication R&D of NTT and NTT DOCOMO. He stayed at British Telecom Labs in UK from 1989 to 1990 as an exchanging researcher.ف He was President & CEO of DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe GmbH in Munich Germany from 2002 to 2005. He has been Managing Director of Research Laboratories, NTT DOCOMO since April 2007.