At the moment this website is just bits and bobs of info gleaned from the internet and POEEJ etc
If you were involved in uk radio phone or the early days of Cellular and / or GSM and have info or stories you'd like to share please get in touch.
Please get in touch especially if you want to correct or add to anything here.
Celebration of 30 years of the Cellular Mobile Phone in UK ! great videos on this page http://www.engagingwithcommunications.com/history/activities/uk_mobile_30_years_conference.html
TACS was basically AMPS which had been designed by Bell labs, see http://www3.alcatel-lucent.com/bstj/vol58-1979/bstj-vol58-issue01.html
Cellnet launched its analog cellular mobile phone service a week after vodafone on 7th January 1985, it was switched it off 15 years later on the 1st October 2000 with less than half a percent (40,000) of its subs left on the system. http://www.btplc.com/Responsiblebusiness/Ourstory/Sustainabilityreport/pdf/PDFenvironmentalreport/env_bt_cellnet.pdf
Cellnet originally had 300 channels allocated to it (as did vodafone)
On the 28 August 1986 the DTI announced an extra 200 channels for cellnet (and 200 for vodafone) in London( well 6 miles of Charing Cross.) for TACS
"The frequency bands used at present are from 890 - 905 MHz, paired with 935 - 950 MHz.The new frequencies available in central London will be from the bands 872 - 888 MHz and 917 - 933 MHz."
On the 26 1989 - "I am pleased to announce today that the 400 channels, before now reserved for MOD use, except in the area of central London, will be made available, subject to certain detailed constraints, over the whole area embraced by the M25.
Quality Leather !
Links to Info on Cellnet
THG member talks mobile
More Spectrum in London