Background of 4G Wireless Internet Technologies
Over the years mobile technology has come a long way fast. With 4G networks coming out providing broadband speeds to mobile phone and internet usage, it can feel like just yesterday that first generation or 1G mobile phones were hitting the market. From a simple analogue network that worked for voice transmissions to the full on, full speed internet service of today, it’s been several decades of technological change characterized by rapid advancement. With the second generation (2G) and third generation (3G) of mobile technology people began to enjoy the benefits of digital networks with improved speeds and better clarity. Now, moving into the ‘next generation’ many users are asking themselves what exactly the implications will be.
Basically, expect the next generation of mobile technology to work towards the utility of a full ‘cell’ status, meaning that users can connect and stay connected while seamlessly jumping between ‘WiMax towers,’ or the sources receiving and transmitting the data. This will be achieved by other means, however, than it is with current cellular technology. As opposed to previous generations, the latest will be based on Internet Protocol (IP). The result will be a more cost effective way to operate a mobile network with better Mbps data rates, and better overall use of frequency spectrum. Users will really feel this difference as opposed to their 3G devices in the lack of a cap on usage for most 4G wireless plans. Now, there is generally a limit of around 5 gigs per month on a 3G plan for usage and downloads. With the next generation such caps will be unnecessary and users will be allowed full access to the internet.
Getting right down to the future of 3G wireless, unfortunately the amount of traffic using mobile technology at any given time is already weighing on 3G technology. Slated to multiple by 10 times the current amount of traffic in the coming years, future usage will be far more than current 3G networks are prepared to support. Eventually some of the traffic will at least have to be redistributed, and future generations of mobile technology will be able to alleviate some of the load, eventually replacing 3G wireless altogether. Luckily, upgrading to 4G wireless is a good thing for users with its “flat” IP that provides for less latency and faster speeds, neutral standards for intended devices, and better prices than ever before. It looks like those building and those regulating the construction of these networks want to see a technology that is more universal, and more tuned into the needs of users than ever before. Today, people want high speed internet and in fact need it to accomplish their daily online tasks. Whether for personal use, professional use, academic use, or otherwise, there aren’t as many limits on where information technology can go if the internet is capable of following users in their daily routines around cities, and eventually around the entire nation or even world! New 4G wireless is already available in many cities across the country. Don’t delay in getting signed up and hooked up!