As we can see, wireless data traffic today already exceeds that of voice traffic, and users can no longer live without their mobile devices, like cell phones and tablets. People need to adopt new strategies to meet current demand, while still delivering new devices and applications that will drive even further mobile broadband adoption.
4G, the fourth generation of mobile networks that will surpass the 3G and 2G families of standards, is already upon us. A new mobile generation has appeared about every 10 years since the first 1G system was first discovered in 1981, followed by the 2G system that started to roll out in 1992, and 3G, which appeared in 2001. The development of 4G systems started in 2002, and is expected to provide a comprehensive and secure all-IP based solution for facilities such as ultra-broadband Internet access, IP telephony, gaming services, and streamed multimedia.
In other words, 4G is the term used to refer to the next wave of high-speed mobile technologies that will be used to replace current 3G networks. The two top contenders are LTE and WiMAX, both of which are IP based networks that are built from similar, yet incompatible, technologies. Sprint and Clearwire are currently offering 4G WiMAX service in the USA, while Verizon and AT&T have committed to the use of LTE and are trialing their own 4G networks.
4G wireless Internet is super fast. There are many 3G networks available today, but 4G is twice as fast as 3G. Instead of having to wait for pages to load, videos to stream, and downloads to come through when you're on the go, you can get everything done almost instantly with this type of Internet connection. This makes downloading major files or watching streaming content while you're in your car or away from your home quite simple. Because this Internet offers so much bandwidth, you will be able to multitask away from home, too. Instead of slowing up when you have a variety of windows open and...