Everything You Need To Know About 4G

By Julio Franco ยท 16 replies
Apr 29, 2010
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  1. While most of us are used to getting high speed Internet connections at home, the office or even the local coffee shop, once we are on the road those high speeds have to stay behind. With 4G the promise is that you can get real mobile broadband to go. In this piece we are going to tell you all about the technology and its benefits, who offers it or plans to, how much it costs, and the gear you need to enjoy the next generation of wireless broadband today.

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  2. LightHeart

    LightHeart TS Rookie Posts: 155

    Great article, thanks for the education. :approve:
  3. Indeed, thank you for the great article.

    Now I know a little more about 4G and ever 3G, also the 4G chart is really a plus.

    Thank you
  4. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    WOW great article.
    Although it is a little depressing to see phones in the works with as much processing power as my 5 yr old laptop :p. In a few years I think I might have to get on the mobile bandwagon.
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Excellent article - I've passed it on to a slew of people.
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,476   +126

    Interesting! So much marketing sales hype into 2G, 3G and soon to be 4G. None really no better than 802.11g or 802.11n when it reaches 4G. Should 5G or 6G really make the Cellular industry shine in broadband communication when it comes to streaming media data? Time will tell..
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    I didn't see this in the article, but a BIG difference in 4G is the simultaneous read/write is where the improved bandwidth comes from --
    3G is like ethernet half-duplex (write-then-read-then-write) whereas
    4G is like ethernet full-duplex (read and write at the same time).
  8. So what's the latency? Currently, the latency with 3G is horrible and is what gives me pause to consider ditching broadband cable.
  9. AT&T let's you talk and surf at the same time. Will Sprint's 4G let you do the same?
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    IMO, that is not a 4G issue, but a service protocol from the provider.
    For example, the new iPhone is getting multitasking (ie doing more than one task at the same time).

    The reference to iPhone does not really imply hardware support;
    it's just a delivery opportunity to sell more hardware by restricting a hi priority feature provided by the software. MS does this all the time too.
  11. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,674   +990

    Per the article, because current generation (WiMAX) 4G devices will carry a separate 3G chip dedicated to voice, there shouldn't be a problem handling both data and voice at the same time as long as the hardware supports it, like jobeard just said.
  12. I have Clear Wimax currently and while the speeds are decent (3mbps avg down and 2mbps average up).... the latency is bad for voip or gaming... I get about 200-400ms on average.. until they fix the latency, it won't replace cable/fiber.
  13. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    hmm; Gaming via a cell phone connection? I wouldn't expect that to be a viable choice, as
    some DSL and Cable users suffer from the latency issue and cell phone links are far less robust.
  14. ExamsExpert

    ExamsExpert TS Rookie

    Thanks for hard work to write and share this article. appreciated :)
  15. ultragrey

    ultragrey TS Rookie Posts: 61

    I just wonder what all these new technologies are meant for? They have all the glory and glittering but at the end of the day it's all about profit question. Have we entered an eternal race to buy the best and the latest? Pardon me if the post seem disappointing but what's the choice?
  16. Great article!! But i wonder that if more users start to use the 4G tech even at home then what will happen to the wired internet service providers ?

    Isnt that a issue to worry by wired internet service providers?

    Second issue is ,if i could get the speed of 1gb/sec then why would i require any kind of wired internet? i will always use the wireless. this will overload the wireless network and i will have to compromise with the speed.

    Can the author answer my concern!
  17. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    Worry about what? I'm hardly an expert on the subject (and I'm not the author) but a few things come to mind:

    • Wireless providers can barely match the low-end cable speeds I got in 2004. Legitimate 4G speeds are a ways off.
    • Wireless networks are pricier to maintain (or so I assume), so wired connections will offer subscribers better value.
    • Wired connections are inherently more secure because they aren't broadcasting data over the air -- highly appealing.
    • Wired providers already have the monopolistic advantage. Just look at ClearWire struggling to make headway.
    • Not only do they have the monopolistic advantage of Internet subscriptions, but that service is bundled with others.
    • Wired providers are profitable and can diversify when/if necessary (through partnerships, acquisitions or plain old R&D).
    • ...They kind of already are. For instance, Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House Networks are ClearWire investors.

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