30 Years of Mobile Phones!

Technology has come a long way over the last 3 decades which excites me for the future. Britain’s first mobile phone call was made thirty years ago this year! Michael Harrison, the son of former Vodafone Chairman Sir Ernest Harrison, was the first to make a call calling his father at midnight on 1 January, 1985.

Harrison made the historic call using a Transportable Vodafone VT1, which weighed around 5kg and had around 30-minutes of talk time.

Imagine having to carry 5kg in your pocket everywhere instead of the lightweight mobiles we use today! Luckily, making a call these days is a lot easier.. Phew!

Mobiles are now not only for calls and SMS messages, they are now used for Emails, Video Conferencing, VoIP calls, and things such as the “app store” have changed the was we use and think about what our mobiles can do.

What will the next thirty years bring? Who knows! One thing is for sure, mobile technology is now so firmly embedded into our business culture we will never work in the same way again.

Here’s to the next 30 years!


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Severe Weather Update


Since the second week of December, Scotland, particularly the highlands and islands have experienced widespread damage from extreme weather. Telephone lines have been hit by lightning strikes in some places running at over 100 an hour with lines being hit multiple times.

As a result fault reports in Scotland have risen from an average of 1600 to 2000 reports to 7000! A UK equivalent fault report would be 83000 incidences. Openreach engineers have been deployed to restore services in these truly dreadful conditions. With severe weather also forecast to hit several other areas of the UK we will keep you updated on any impact this has on provision lead times and repair times.