What is 4G Network? How it innovates the Cellular Devices
4G networks are the fourth generation technology when it comes to providing internet access to cellular devices. 3G is 4G’s predecessor and the 4G networks run at around four to ten times the speed of the 3G network. This is a huge increment in this day and age of technology. All 4G networks are run on a wireless platform and provide internet access through several types of technologies such as WiMax and WiFi. 4G networks however have not been implemented yet on a wide scale. Only selective areas have 4G service and this is due to the very high amount of money it will take to implement the infrastructure for a 4G network to function properly.
The 4G network can provide speeds of up to 14 megabits per second and have been known to regularly provide 10 megabits per second. This to any 3G user would sound like a dream come true, however 4G packages are very expensive and at times be considered economically a bad choice.
The good thing about the 4G network is that even though the service in itself focuses on providing high speed internet access, it doesn’t require the same exact technology to run. For example the Sprint 4G network is being run on the WiMax technology while Verizon uses the LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology. This allows for more options and flexibility and that is ultimately what consumers want; options to choose from.
Another great thing about the 4G network is the way it synchronizes with today’s top of the line devices. The smart TV is a great device to be using a 4G network on considering how video conferencing calls will have much greater quality! Also large updates in smartphone firmwares will now be downloaded at much higher rates. The 4G network is something that just can’t go wrong with all the incentives in its service.
One thing that is commonly misinterpreted about the existing 4G networks is that they are not in a true sense considered “4G”. In March 2008 the International Telecommunications Union-Radiocommunications sector set a list of requirements for a network to be considered 4G. The requirements were called the International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced specifications. According to these requirements a 4G network is required to have a peak transfer rate of one Gigabit per second for stationary users, and 100 megabits per second for high mobility users who are in trains and cars.
As of right now, no 4G network complies with this requirement even though they are considered 4G! This sheds some light on what we can expect in the near future when it comes to upgrading the 4G network. In terms of transfer rates and speeds, the 4G network will be around for quite some time. One gigabit transfer rates will massively increase the flow of information on the internet and the 4G network. With that having been said we can only wait for the fully upgraded version of the 4G network. However in many countries 4G will not be available due to a lack of technology.