4G Wireless Networks
This paper will compare and contrast 3G wireless networks to 4G networks in terms of services and application, network architecture, data throughput and user perceptions, it will distinguish between the 4G LTE, 4G WiMax, and 4G WiBro networks based on upload and download speeds, user perceptions, backward compatibility, service availability. It will also identify why the competition between the 4G LTE carriers has been so fierce and will describe the benefits of this competition to the subscribers.
In January 2012, Verizon stated that 4G LTE is available in 190 cities covering 200 million American subscribers. According to AT&T’s Website, they had plans for covering 20 million Americans in 15 markets by end of 2011. This paper will conclude why Verizon is able to cover more markets than AT&T.
Today many of the wireless telephone companies from Verizon to AT&T to Sprint tries to persuade consumers that their networks are better than the other companies. 3G technologies ushered in the era of smart-phones and they have been the driving factor of many of the advances in wireless technologies today. As smart-phones and wireless technologies improve technologically savvy consumers are demanding more and more from wireless companies. Today, there are two wireless standards; 3G and 4G. When you look at 3G and 4G wireless networks you can compare and contrast them in four areas: service and application, network architecture, data throughput and user perceptions.
1. Compare and contrast 3G wireless networks to 4G networks
A. Compare and contrast 3G wireless networks to 4G networks in terms of services and applications”
Some examples of services offered by 3G wireless networks are CDMA2000, UMTS, and EDGE along with a list of others while 4G networks offer Wimax2 and LTE-Advance. Applications are the primary reason consumers use smart-phones today. They get
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