Matti Makkonen Father of SMS technology passed away on 1 July 2015 (Download PDF)


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Matti Makkonen who was telecom engineer and father of messaging service (SMS) technology passed away on 1 July 2015 at the 63 years old. Matti Makkonen had initiated the idea of sending messages via mobile networks but failed to patent in 1984. It was merely idea and was not actual implementation.

  • During 1976 to 1983, Matti Makkonen had started his career at Telecoms and Postal agency (PTL) as a systems engineer.
  • Matti Makkonen had served as vice president of PTL and Matti Makkonen was actively involved in the development of the GSM-technology from 1984 to 1988. Matti Makkonen was appointed as President of the mobile communication unit which was later renamed as Telecom Finland in 1989.
  • Matti Makkonen was born on 16 April 1952 in Suomussalmi, Finland. He completed graduation an electrical engineer from the Oulu technical college in 1976.
  • For his work on SMS he was awarded The Economist’s Innovation Award in the computing and telecommunications category in 2008.
  • Nokia became first mobile manufacturer to introduce phone i.e. Nokia 2010 to write and send SMS in 1994. In December 1992, the first text message was sent via the Vodafone network from a computer to a mobile device.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 4, 2015


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