February 2014

30 Years of Wireless in Indianapolis

Cellular phone service hit the 30th anniversary mark in Indianapolis on February 2.  The February 1984 launch made Indianapolis the third U.S. market to introduce the new mobile service, behind only Chicago in October 1983, and Washington/Baltimore in December 1983.  Developmental systems had been authorized in both those markets in 1977, providing those operators some familiarity with the network requirements and the customer environment, but the Indianapolis market was a totally new venture – the first launch completely for commercial service.