13 Moments In History That Changed How We Communicate

13 Key Moments In History That Changed The Way We Communicate
At a time when it feels like you can do anything, any time, with just the click of a button, we take a step back and ask how on earth the world got to where it is now.

When’s the last time you wrote a letter? Received a fax? Dare we say it, sent an SMS?

Communication is evolving at a rate of knots, and it doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.

We often feel irritated when we have to wait more than 5 seconds for a website to load. Most businesses rely on quick communications and minimal waiting times and, thankfully, technology is developing to facilitate the demand.

But where did it all start? Where’s it heading? And how can you harness its power to help your business communicate better?

When did communication begin?

Many many moons ago, humans used smoke signals, beacons and drums to communicate over distance. Clever but a bit limited that.

But by the fourth millennium BCE, we’d started writing to each other using a Mesopotamian writing system called cuneiform (think teeny tiny pictures etched into stone).

Really, it wasn’t until the 15th and 16th centuries that communication developed significantly more than that, when the modernised printing press was invented. Written communication improved in the 17th century, when the first newspapers went to press. Then in the 18th century, postal routes and offices were established to make snail mail more efficient.

Early Newspaper
17th century newspaper

But we’re going to head into our timeline in the nineteenth century, because that’s when technical innovation really started hotting up. Starting with…

1824 - Braille

In 1824, 15-year-old Louis Braille perfected his own version of an old code of raised dots that helped blind people to read and write. It relies on a six-dot, fingertip-sized cell which can be used 63 different ways to represent the alphabet. And it’s still used today!

The Braille alphabet
1844 – The telegraph

This was the year that Samuel Morse sent the first electrical telegraph (“What hath God wrought?”), from Washington, DC to Baltimore. It then took just six years for the US to install 12,000 miles of cable that crisscrossed the entire country!

The first telegraph was sent in 1844
1898 – Hearing aids

Miller Reese Hutchinson used an electric current to amplify weak signals, though the first commercially manufactured hearing aids didn’t come to market until 1913.

Only around 40% of people who need hearing aids currently have them
1876 – The telephone

More than 200 years after Robert Hooke discovered that sound could travel over string, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for a more direct form of the telegram. 15 years later there were 600,000 telephones in the US, then 5.8 million by 1910! Then in 1927, the telephone officially went international.

A replica of the original telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell
1904 – The radio

Radio was the first technology to instantaneously communicate to a mass audience – only a little over 100 years ago. For the first time, people had access to continuous and up-to-date news, regardless of their income or literacy level.

The radio was only invented in 1904
1928 – The television

While the first broadcast was in 1928, TV didn’t start to grow in popularity until after the Second World War, around 1946.

25.8 million TV licences were issued in the UK in 2018/19 (6,883 were black and white licenses!)
1957 – The satellite

When the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite (Sputnik1), the spare race took off and sped things up even more. Satellites have been an integral part of global communication ever since, and there are nearly 1,800 of them orbiting the earth right now!

There are almost 1,800 satellites orbiting the earth
1965 – Email

The very first example of email predates the Internet and appeared in a program called MAILBOX way back in 1965. It allowed you to leave messages on MIT computers for other users to see when they logged on.

In 2019, 293.6 billion emails were being sent and received every day
1973 – The mobile phone

Motorola was the first company to create a cell phone, which weighed nearly 3 pounds and only worked for 35 minutes. It looked quite funny.

The Motorola Dynatac cost $3,995 when it launched
1989 – The World Wide Web

British engineer Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 which laid the foundations for the Internet as we know it today. By 2000, 6.5% of the entire world’s population were using it compared to 51% in 2018, by which time email, websites and social media had exploded. Did you know that in 2016, the United Nations declared the Internet to be a human right?!

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989
1992 – The SMS

SMS originated from radio technology and the first text message was sent on December 3rd 1992, before being commercially rolled out to many cellular networks over the decade that followed.

Hands up if this brings back memories!
2003 – Mobile phones got connected

It wasn’t until 2003 that the Internet and mobile phones were finally brought together and people started carrying little computers around in their pockets thanks to 3G. Within 5 years, the smartphone was born and this strange word “app” slowly slunk its way into modern parlance.

Apple launched the iPhone 3G in June 2008
2012 – Boosh 365 Launches!

Clearly the biggest leap forward since the advent of the telephone in 1876, Boosh 365 was founded by Mark Rose in 2012 – with one very clear goal – to help the world communicate better. Just a few years later (in 2014 to be precise), Boosh 365 became one of the first four UK companies to be awarded the prestigious Vodafone Solutions Pioneer award. Since then Boosh 365 have continued to innovate and develop new and exciting ways to help the world communicate better, such as the addition of mobile signal solutions in 2019, which have brought tremendous benefits to a wide range of companies that had previously suffered from poor mobile signal.

Things looked a little different when we launched in 2012!

We continue to go from strength to strength, helping the world communicate better by providing crucial business telecoms, mobile signal solutions, data services and unrivalled technical support to each and every customer.

2020 – What’s next?

With 5G coming into the picture, the future development of telecoms is already in the planning. Auctions have already started for mobile phone networks to bid on airwaves in the 3.4GHz region, to be used for 5G access.

At Boosh 365, we’re developing our systems all the time, and we’ve already got many solutions that will help your business communicate better and become more profitable as a result.

Take a look around the website to find out more about them and, if you’d like to talk about how we can help you, just pick up the phone and call 01252 916 888 or email [email protected]

John Baker

John Baker

John has been a key part of the Boosh 365 Senior Team since joining as a Director and co-owner in 2019. With over 20 years spent working in telecoms, John brings a wealth of experience (and a whole lot of geekery) to our already amazing team.
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