The New Jersey Wireless Association (NJWA) is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to making the public and our elected officials aware of the positive economic and social benefits of the wireless industry. We are the wireless carriers, equipment manufacturers, infrastructure/engineering and planning professionals, environmental consultants, legal/land use firms, site acquisition professionals, contractors, tower climbers, construction companies, construction managers and mobile app developers. Together we are building the 21st Century connected future.
The New Jersey Wireless Association was launched in 2005 in partnership the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s (WIA) State Wireless Association Program (SWAP). Our mission is to be a reliable and ethical leader providing a forum for the wireless industry. We are a resource for professionals to discuss issues of interest throughout the wireless industry, to become educated on matters critical to the advancement of wireless and telecommunications in New Jersey, and to provide leadership in resolving state and local issues and concerns. The NJWA also provides a platform for cultivating and maintaining relationships for all market participants and constituents involved in the wireless telecommunications industry.
Members of the NJWA are dedicated to educating the public and local and state government to ensure growth of our industry. The NJWA encourages its members to collaborate on issues and challenges experienced by our industry professionals in a unified voice. The NJWA participates through seminars and educational programs with the New Jersey League of Municipalities, New Jersey Association of Counties and New Jersey Bar Association’s Continuing Education classes.
The goals of the NJWA are to:
- Promote positive industry awareness;
- Support public safety through wireless 911 system upgrade efforts and ensuring the 911 fees are 100% dedicated to 911 systems and operations;
- Enable companies to join forces to educate public officials about the role of the wireless industry and its benefits;
- Cultivate relationships among various members in the industry and the communities they serve;
- Ensure the continued growth and development of the wireless industry within New Jersey; and
- Give back to the community through local charitable organizations.
The NJWA is proud to share a rich history of wireless innovation in our state. The New Jersey area is home to the pioneering work of radio communications. Early radio can be said to have been developed, refined, and manufactured in New Jersey. Pioneers such as Bell, Edison, Tesla, Marconi, Fessenden, De Forest, Armstrong, Sarnoff, and a host of others worked and lived in New Jersey.
Guglielmo Marconi is of particular interest. At the Twin Lights site in Highlands, New Jersey, Marconi erected antenna towers to demonstrate the practicality of the transmission of information via “Hertzian” waves. At the invitation of the editor of the New York Herald newspaper, the 25 year old Marconi set up a transmitter in a boat outside of New York Harbor to follow the America’s Cup race between the Shamrock of Sir Thomas Lipton and the Columbia II of JP Morgan.
On September 30, 1899, and just prior to the race, Commodore Dewey’s fleet was approaching New York Harbor, and the approach of the fleet and Dewey’s victory in the Pacific in the Spanish-American war was relayed by radio from Marconi’s boat to the Highlands station, and thence to New York and the newspapers. The race was postponed and a naval review and parade was organized to welcome Dewey. Thus, this became the first reception in America of wireless messages.
“The Twin Lights station became the first one in the nation capable of transmitting and receiving radio messages on a regular commercial basis and remained in use until 1907. These practical demonstrations resulted in the recognition of the value of radio and ‘Marconi’s’ were required on all commercial ships. This in turn accounted for the rescue of the 705 survivors of the Titanic when it sank in the North Atlantic.” [Adapted from exhibit material at the Twin Lights museum]
Modern wireless communications began with the invention of “police radios”. On April 7, 1928, Detroit Police Department Patrolman Kenneth Cox and engineering student Robert L. Batts developed a system for police to receive calls in their patrol cars. It was the beginning of one-way AM mobile-radio system.
In March of 1933, the Bayonne Police Department of Bayonne, New Jersey initiated the first regular two-way police radio communication in patrol cars. The advancement would have an impact on emergency communication that is still felt today.
Modern wireless communication began in the 1960’swhen Bell Labs (now Nokia Bell Labs) engineers Richard H. Frenkiel and Joel S. Engel developed the technology that could support a design of re-using frequencies in a “cellular network”. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1981 authorized 40MHz of the 800 MHz band for two “cellular networks” and life has not been the same ever since.
Wireless communications technology has been adapted faster than any other technology. Faster than electricity, wireline telephone, radio, TV and computers. There are now more mobile devices than people in the US. More than half of all households are now “wireless only” and almost every new car has robust wireless connectivity for navigation, safety, maintenance reporting and entertainment.
Economic Impact of wireless in New Jersey (data from CTIA.org)
- 111,777 wireless jobs
- 1 Billion GDP
- 9 million wireless connections
- Wireless jobs are 34% above average compensation
The fifth generation of wireless technology (5G) is beginning to be deployed and will bring faster broadband speeds, lower latency, and more capacity. This new technology will support smart homes, smart cities, autonomous vehicles, and the internet of things (IoT). Robotic manufacturing and remote medical monitoring and procedures will revolutionize industry and healthcare. Technology can be disruptive as it launches society into a new era. The NJWA is dedicated to fostering this transformation through education and an open dialogue with all stakeholders.