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Category : General 25 Feb 2010 04:32 AM | Insider News
Whilst 4G is promising cell phone and mobile users increased radio capacities, to enable the mobile operators to offer virtually “all IP” solutions for new high-speed internet services and applications, the reality would appear to be rather different. According to the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) 4G needs to score speeds up to 100megabits per second, compared to the current 3G speed of 2 megabits per second, but for the vast majority of users actually getting 100mbs will just remain a pipedream for years to come.
The reason for the likelihood of a slow adoption of 4G is simply that of cost. As the new generations of cell phones do actually start to move users away from solely low bandwidth voice and data uses of their cell phones, the demand for 3G UMTS services has risen sharply - putting a strain on the infrastructure to cope with the new demand. Even today, upgrading to 3G+ HPSA technology can be a frustrating experience. So, factor into the current scenario the need for operators to install even more new infrastructure for 4G LTE technology - and you’re talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars for each of the 10,000+ cell sites in the USA\ alone! The biggest of US operators, AT&T and Verizon etc, are already talking about it being two years before they unveil a 4G network and even then spread across some 25+ markets it only being available to 100 million world-wide users.
Meanwhile, going back to that ITU 100mbs recommendation - the US carrier Verizon is currently advising, don’t get over excited now, they’ll be offering a 4G speed of 12mbs!