As smartphones increase in power and capability, user demand rises also. With the world full of consumers demanding more and more out of their hand held devices, there are certain bottlenecks and limitations that are currently not advancing as everyone would wish. So prepare for 4G connection speeds.
At the moment there are limitations in the capacity of data allowances and battery life. For day to day activities the battery life is an aspect of mobile technology that has fallen behind and currently limits the usage and ability to travel without a charger. Also, all current network providers are limiting the capacity of their current 3G systems. The days of dial-up connections and slowly loading pages are over and consumers expectations are high.
As it stands there’s not much availability for 4G at the moment but it’s a technology that in a few years every phone will be compatible with and each network provider will offer a much improved service over the current 3G connection speeds. Currently, there are around 8-10 networks providing LTE services, across Europe, North America.
LTE is short for Long Term Evolution and is considered the successor to 3G. But currently is still in the pre-3G stage, but will soon be upgraded to LTE Advanced to offer the full 4G experience. Although LTE is currently available in USA, Britain is hoped to receive this type of service in 2012, this is when the LTE radio spectrum is up for auction. The rival to LTE is WiMAX, which has been very successful in being implemented in emerging markets where there is a lack of mobile infrastructure.
Benefits Of 4G For Mobile Users:
The major benefit and advantage 4G has over the current 3G is speed. With expectations of over 10 times faster network speeds. Allowing users to consume data and information at a much faster rate. Increasing the possibility of the activities currently available with smartphones. Such as using the network speeds much like you would at home or at work, with an expected 5-12mbps download speed. Therefore increasing flexibility and freedom to get access online whenever required because 4G operates in the 700MHz spectrum. This means the signal can penetrate buildings much more easily. Therefore, eliminating the current problem of lost signals when in certain buildings and locations.
Plus, latency on the 4G network is expected to be greatly reduced. By utilising faster throughput with lower latency each and every mobile device can benefit from improved battery performance. Helping carry out daily activities much less of a worry, whether venturing on long trips and not worrying about battery life to making cheap calls to USA or anywhere else in the world, and many other activities that were once a worry will hopefully be resolved with increased battery life when carrying out different tasks.