I’ve been pretty happy with 3G and it’s pretty fast. However, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon Wireless are taking some of the top metropolitan areas by storm and adding faster wireless broadband, 4G, to your cellular service. This is exciting for your cell phone use, but it’s also quite powerful for mobile devices that you’ll be using and in the office (be it a home office or corporate office). It’s important that you are up to speed on the new changes to your wireless world.
The Wall Street Journal writes about Verizon Wireless:
The carrier expects to launch its LTE network in 38 markets by year end, including major cities such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston. Mr. McAdam said he expects to cover two-thirds of the U.S. population in the next 18 months, with full nationwide coverage by 2013.
Each market will get at least 70% coverage, and other select locations, such as 62 airports, will also get access to the network early.
Verizon Wireless is pushing ahead with an early move to 4G wireless technology in an effort to capitalize on the exploding demand for data services like video, online access and mobile gaming. But the move to LTE comes with its share of risk. Critics say there will be fewer products compatible with the technology early on, and prices for the devices will likely be higher. Verizon Wireless also will have to ensure the products are able to seamlessly hop back and forth between the 3G and 4G networks.
Chief Technology Officer Tony Melone noted that the voice traffic would still run on the 3G network, while 4G would handle the more intensive data traffic. He said there would be some limited form of simultaneous voice and data traffic running through phones, something its current phones can’t do.
Read the full article here.
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