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NATE Commemorates the 46th Anniversary of the First Cell Phone Call

Posted on: April 3, 2019 Category: NATE News

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April 3, 2019                                                                                                                              

NATE Commemorates the 46th Anniversary of the First Cell Phone Call

(Washington, D.C.) -The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released the following statement commemorating the 46th Anniversary of the first cell phone call that was made in the United States.  

“On April 3, 1973, Marty Cooper changed the course of history when he made the first call from a handheld, portable phone in midtown Manhattan, thereby inventing the cell phone.” With the transformative impact of smartphones being felt by industries across the globe, and as the first 5G smartphones hit the market in 2019, NATE salutes industry icon Marty Cooper and the innovators who made these technological advancements possible.”

“NATE members have deployed every generation of networks and related infrastructure and are currently on the front lines deploying the game-changing 5G wireless technology. In a 2014 keynote address at the NATE UNITE Conference in San Diego, California, Marty Cooper remarked that ‘people don’t realize how important these tower construction businesses are to the world.’ Thank you Marty for your leadership!”

To watch a replay of Marty Cooper’s NATE UNTIE 2014 Keynote Address, visit HERE.


About National Association of Tower Erectors

National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is a non-profit trade association in the wireless infrastructure industry providing a unified voice for tower erection, service and maintenance companies. Today the Association boasts over 875 member companies located throughout the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, China, Ghana, India, Italy, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Arab Emirates. For additional information on NATE, please visit


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