"Back in 1990, I was working on a prototype wireless modem: a modem that connected a laptop PC to a mobile phone. At that time, the mobile phones were analog, so the modem used analog modulation for transmitting the data. Establishing and controlling the connection, however, required that the modem talked directly to the phone processor, using a serial control bus. One challenge was the PC interface: standards like PC Card or USB did not exist at that time. Fortunately, that particular laptop model had an expansion slot, even though a proprietary one. The team working on the project consisted of a total of two experts: my colleague designing the hardware, while I wrote the software with assembler. The project was great fun; And, the fully functional wireless modem was succesfully demonstrated at the global Telecom exhibition in Geneva, in 1991.
Since those years, I have been deeply involved in the development of the mobile industry. During fourteen years at Nokia Oyj, I was managing business units, development programs and strategy projects, focusing on mobile data. Among other tasks, I was heading the company project teams when establishing the Bluetooth™ consortium, and the current Mobile Java™ standardization process. More recently, I worked as CTO of Teleca AB, being in charge of corporate strategy, IPR, global quality and overall technology portfolio management.
A lot has happened in the mobile industry since 1990. However, I sincerely believe that one thing still holds: Creative and skilled individuals, having the passion to make things happen, are needed to break out from the status quo."