Wireless Hall of Fame inducting carrier honchos, "father of switching"

AT&T, Verizon execs among those entering Hall

2012 Wireless Hall of Fame inductees include one pioneer sometimes called the "Father of switching" and others who led big carriers such as AT&T and Verizon into advanced wireless markets.

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The inductees will be honored formally at the Wireless Industry Foundation's dinner in San Diego on Oct. 8.

Those being honored:

Wayne Perry — Service Provider Honoree. Began his wireless career at McCaw Communications in 1976 and became president in 1985. Oversee McCaw's merger with AT&T Wireless Services in 1994, and later headed up NEXTLINK Communications and co-founded Edge Wireless. Perry also played a major role in forming the CTIA wireless industry trade group, and served as chairman from 1993-1994.

Richard Lynch — Technology Honoree. Started his career in 1972 with New England Telephone and Bell of Pennsylvania, later became executive vice president for enterprise-wide strategic technology initiatives at Verizon Communications and CTO at Bell Atlantic Mobile, where he helped to build one of the largest early wireless data networks in the country based on Cellular Digital Packet Data technology.

Raj Singh — Industry Associate Honoree. Founded LCC International in 1983 and provided engineering designs for many early cellular phone networks in the United States and more than 30 other countries, including in Latin America. He co-founded Appex, one of the first wireless roaming clearinghouses in the United States.

Amos Joel (posthumously) — Pioneer Honoree. AT&T Bell Labs engineer and inventor who designed and patented automated mobile switching that revolutionized mobile communications and made cellular telephone service possible. Joel, known as the "father of switching," was granted more than 70 patents in his lifetime. He received the National Technology Medal of Honor in 1993 and was named to the National Inventors' Hall of Fame in 2008. 

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