Cell-Phone Inventor Touts Broadband Wireless
(From the WWJ Team, February 9, 2004)
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In 1973 Martin Cooper, the inventor of the first portable handset, was the first person to make a call on a cell phone (from Motorola to arch-rival Bell.) Now he's Chairman of ArrayComm, which has developed its iBurst Personal Broadband System based on adaptive array antenna technology. According to the company, iBurst allows mega-bit-per-second cellular bandwidth with much better efficiency than anything extant 3G systems can provide. In today's exclusive WWJ interview, Cooper argues that 4G is already here; launches broadsides at carriers, engineers, and handset makers who have yet to fulfill the promise of wireless phones; and charges that, after "years of hype," the industry has failed to deliver on 3G. He also relates his vision for the mobile space: "The Internet will engender thousands of different [mobile] applications." This program is a WWJ Classic.