NEC TR5E120-1B (PAMTS) factory photo original advert
NEC TR5E120-1B (PAMTS) factory photo original advert
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NEC TR5E 120 1B

Year: 1981

Standard: PAMTS
Factory Code: TR5E120-1B
TAC: n/a
Notes: Large & heavy (10kg) car mount only mobile telephone, first introduced by Telecom Australia in 1981. Worked on the PAMTS network (Public Automatic Mobile Telephone Service), in the 500MHz band. Replaced by AMPS service when introduced in 1987.

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Article from Australian Gizmodo about first Australian mobile call:

Australia Made Its First Mobile Call 30 Years Ago Today

It was on the 9th of August 1981 that Australia‚??s first mobile call was made on Telecom‚??s original public mobile network. The car phone weighed a whopping 14kg, was half a metre big and cost $5000 at the time ‚?? around $17,000 in today‚??s terms. It could only store 16 numbers, and the best part: you were alerted of incoming calls by honking the car horn or flashing the headlights!

It was Telecom‚??s Managing Director, Bill Pollock, who made the first call over the PAMTS (or 007) network while driving through Melbourne. He called Telecom‚??s Chief Commissioner, Tom May, in Sydney. Back then, Telstra‚??s current Executive Director of Networks, Mike Wright, was a graduate engineer in 1981 and oversaw installation of the first mobile network exchange in Brisbane.

‚??We called the first Telstra network the 007 Network because that was the number range it used and while in today‚??s terms it was more like a ‚??Zero-G‚?? network, it was the foundation of Australia‚??s modern mobile phone industry. In just 30 years we‚??re now building a 4G network, that‚??s five generations of mobile evolution so far in my career.‚?Ě

Source: - (c) 2013