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175 Years of UK Telecommunications

To celebrate 175 years of the UK leading the way in telecommunications, the IET History of Technology TPN and the Information and Communications Sector organised a one-day symposium.

Videos of all the seminar presentations are available to view on IET.tv via the links below.

The presentations cover selected landmarks and developments in UK telecommunications from those first steps in 1837 to the present. The programme also allowed time for audience contributions which were captured in the open forum segments.

2012 marks the 175th anniversary of the granting of the UK patent to Cooke and Wheatstone for the first commercially practical electric telegraph. In the same year (1837) Morse and Vail, working in America, filed a caveat with the US Patent Office in preparation for patenting their system. These were the first steps in the era of electrical telecommunications. There followed the development of the telephone, radio, sound and television broadcasting, advanced communications networks, satellites, personal mobile communications and today’s Internet; developments which have had a profound impact on society and the way we live.

2012 is also the centenary of the opening of Britain’s first automatic telephone exchange in Epsom, 75 years since the 999 emergencies telephone number was established in London and the 50th anniversary of the launch of TELSTAR, (the communications satellite which captured the world’s imagination). In addition 75 years ago Alec Reeves was developing his ideas for pulse code modulation (PCM) which he patented the following year. An idea before it’s time, PCM is today a foundation of the modern digital world.

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Telegraphy & Telephony 1837-1912

John Liffen
From: 175 years of UK Telecommunications, Savoy Place, London, UK

2012-09-24 | Communications Channel

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Alec Reeves - the man and contribution of PCM to the modern digital era

David Robertson 
From: 175 years of UK Telecommunications, Savoy Place, London, UK

2012-09-24 | Communications Channel

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Transmission evolution to 2012

Keith Ward
From: 175 years of UK Telecommunications, Savoy Place, London, UK

2012-09-24 | Communications Channel

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Circuit Switching evolution to 2012

Andy Valdar
From: 175 years of UK Telecommunications, Savoy Place, London, UK

2012-09-24 | Communications Channel

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Emergence of Radio

Robert Martin-Royle
From: 175 years of UK Telecommunications, Savoy Place, London, UK

2012-09-24 | Communications Channel

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Satellites - from the 50th anniversary of TELSTAR to the present day

Des Prouse
From: 175 years of UK Telecommunications, Savoy Place, London, UK

2012-09-24 | Communications Channel

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Open Forum

Bob Martin-Royle
From: 175 years of UK Telecommunications, Savoy Place, London, UK

2012-09-24 | Communications Channel

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Computer communications - scene setting, digital and convergence

Bob Martin-Royle
From: 175 years of UK Telecommunications, Savoy Place, London, UK

2012-09-24 | Communications Channel

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From Packet Switching to the Cloud

Nigel Linge
From: 175 years of UK Telecommunications, Savoy Place, London, UK

2012-09-24 | Communications Channel

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Open Forum

Andy Valdar
From: 175 years of UK Telecommunications, Savoy Place, London, UK

2012-09-24 | Communications Channel

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