Interview with Professor Edwin Candy

Professor Edwin Candy identified three things of which he is most proud:

“The first was the creation of Command  and Control Systems in Australia for police, fire and ambulance and leading the introduction of those types of systems reaching efficiency for blue light services.

Second was actually the creation of 3G, UMTS, getting a programme accepted by the European Commission EU and bringing that programme to fruition.

And the third one is, in 2006 having worked with Three to produce a lot of systems which would encompass the Internet, being able to mobilise the Internet, Three handsets reached stability where we could introduce Google, Skype, Facebook in the same way as you access that from any other personal computer system.”

Professor Edwin Candy cut his teeth helping build command and control radio systems in his native Australia.  He worked for the Australian subsidiary of Pye, the Cambridge UK-based electronics company.  He spent a year seconded to Digital Equipment Corporation in the USA where he learned about computer architectures.   By the 1980s he was a business manager at Philips which had taken over Pye.  He moved to the UK in 1987 and conceived and created the Universal Mobile Telephone System 3G specification with 25 partners.  This standard was the basis for 3G mobile communications incorporating Internet services. Today he spent time with Richard Sharpe talking about his life and career.


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