Welcome to the Wireless Hall of Fame

WHoF-awardsAs in any industry, the accomplishments achieved by trailblazers have the opportunity to be recognized by others. The Music and Sports divisions have their own Hall of Fames and in 2008, the world of wireless established a Hall of Fame as well. The Wireless History Foundation was designed to chronicle and educate people about the history of the wireless sector. The accomplishments of individuals, the donations by organizations and the progression of technology continue to add new insight to the foundation every year.

This year, the Wireless Hall of Fame will be inducting 4 new candidates. Sam Ginn, Jan Uddenfelt, Bill Carlson, and Rob Conway will be celebrated at a ceremony in Las Vegas on September 9th.

“The selection committee easily recognized that these inductees have all made unique, personal and important contributions in selecting them for the Wireless Hall of Fame,” said WHF Board member Rob Mechaley.

Bill Carlson has been a figure in wireless infrastructure for nearly 50 years. He has been deeply involved in addressing the construction, service, and maintenance demands for of cell towers through his company Tower Systems Inc. However, he is probably most well-known for founding NATE, the National Association of Tower Erectors. What began with an initial group of 60 tower contractors has expanded to over 700 companies throughout the world.

Rob Conway has played an important role as CEO of GSMA helping to represent mobile operators. Working closely with prominent industry figures, he helped bring the two global digital standards of GSM and CDMA together for balancing development. This would ultimately lead to the development of the GSMA Mobile for Development.

Sam Ginn turned Pacific Telesis around into a thriving business when he took over in 1988. He recognized the opportunity for expansion and thrived with it to create spinoff companies like AirTouch Communications and AirTouch International. Through a series of mergers, Ginn became initial chairman of FirstNet which deployed broadband networks for public safety.

Jan Uddenfelt was significant for wireless during a time of transition. His wireless career kicked off in 1978 and led him to prominent leadership positions at Ericsson. He smoothly helped to evolve analog to digital as well as establishing the GSM standard. He would go on to support the globalization of wireless connectivity developing 3G and LTE service.

Launch 3 Telecom has an appreciation for the 4 pioneers in the Wireless Hall of Fame Class of 2014 as they have positively affected the wireless industry that we exist within. Launch 3 Telecom offers a variety of equipment made by wireless manufacturers such as Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, and Andrew. In addition, we are also a member of NATE. To learn more about Launch 3 Telecom, contact us at 877-878-9134 or email us at sales@launch3.net.