Tuesday, 6 April 2010

4G Essentials

There is plenty of hype around 4G technologies but beyond the rhetoric some real implementations are happening. 4G technologies basically represent the next stage of wireless data technologies and generally deliver average download rates of 3Mbps or greater. In contrast, today's 3G networks typically deliver average download speeds about one-tenth of that rate. Here's a roundup of the latest coverage of the 4G world.

If you were to think of 4G wireless technologies as Harry Potter movies, then the first half of 2010 promises to be like the time spent waiting in between new releases. You can expect lots of exciting trailers and teasers that will tide you over, but don't expect to see any real action until the latter half of the year.

The advent of 4G technologies such as WiMAX and LTE has generated a lot of buzz in the consumer market, particular for their potential to change the smartphone market.

While Long Term Evolution (LTE) is without a doubt one of the most hyped mobile data standards to come along in quite some time, you probably shouldn't expect the 4G network technology to make a big impact in 2010.

There could soon be a new 4G-based carrier taking aim at cell providers. According to documents filed recently by the Federal Communications Commission, investment firm Harbinger Capital Partners plans to use its recent acquisition of satellite communications company SkyTerra to build out a 4G network of its own.

I'll be watching this space closer in the coming months.

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