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25 YEARS: Time to toast

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our coverage of 25 years in wireless. RCR Wireless News is celebrating with a package of stories detailing the advances of the past three decades. For full coverage please visit
A quote, “Under the tree in ’83,” that I wrote in 1993 as RCR Wireless News celebrated the first decade of the cellular industry triggered a flood of memories as we put together stories for the 25th anniversary.
–The day Ameritech decided to rip out its TDMA network and start from scratch with a CDMA network was earth-shattering news. As a reporter hearing so much propaganda from both sides of the TDMA vs. CDMA debate, having an established operator switch technology gave CDMA technology a lot of credibility in my book.

–The day Ericsson and Qualcomm cross-licensed each others’ patents and Qualcomm sold its infrastructure business to Ericsson was an especially crazy day for the edit staff. I must have been na


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