A Brief Introduction to 4G Mobile Broadband

It feels like I’ve only just got my head round 3G (3rd generation mobile telecommunications) when suddenly 4G is here.

I haven’t a clue what it is, luckily Ruben Corbo has written a really useful guest blog post for us explaining the ins and outs.

Ruben is a technical writer for the web site Broadband Expert where you can find internet service providers in your area and compare prices on the best mobile broadband deals.


Lately, a lot of mobile phone companies have been advertising a new 4g network. Few people seem to understand, though, what this technology is, and why it is such an asset for mobile phone usage. Technology is developing at rapid speeds these days, so to stay on the cutting edge, it’s important to know what the benefits of 4g are, and how they can work for both business and individual consumers.

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In a nutshell, 4g mobile broadband will enable mobile phones to act as efficiently and effectively as laptop computers, while remaining wireless. This will allow mobile phone users to access the full internet as they would on a computer without any decrease in speed or dropping any data. The 4g network will be the fastest mobile broadband network to date.

The technology behind the 4g network has not been defined, although experts say it will either be WiMax or LTE. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have either done trials using LTE, or are anticipating trials in the next year. Sprint, is already unveiling the new 4g network in major cities such as Atlanta, New York and Boston. Basically, the difference in these networks has to do with how data is transferred. WiMax users a broadband network over a wireless connection. LTE, on the other hand, transfers data using IP connections. Basically, it will create an IP address for every mobile device. The big advantage to this kind of network is that it can work with preexisting architectures such as 3g whereas WiMax will force a restructuring of mobile communication networks.

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No matter the type of technology used, the advantage to the mobile user will be the same. Data transfer to and from the internet will become almost limitless. Users will be able to do the same things on their mobile devices that they can do on their computers at home including updating blogs and uploading videos. The current technology makes these kinds of tasks cumbersome or even expensive since it can use so much of the users data transfer minutes. With the 4g technology, users will most likely see many new broadband deals that will mean lower prices and more utility.

Mobile applications will also benefit from the 4g network. Many apps that are being created are too robust for the current 3g network. They are either slow to download and run, or are totally unusable. With 4g technology and its increased data transfer rates, these applications will be able to run to their full potential. Again, this benefit will most likely be passed on to the consumer as mobile communication companies offer better and better broadband deals consumers that will use these applications.

Companies such as Motorola and Apple are beginning to roll out devices that are capable of using the 4g network, with many communication companies anticipating using it by the end of 2011. These devices are hotly anticipated and there are many rumors as to the release date, cost and availability. One thing is certain, though, as technology moves forward and becomes bigger and faster, the consumer will find more and more broadband deals to entice them to use it for business as well as personal use.


2 thoughts on “A Brief Introduction to 4G Mobile Broadband

  1. I watched the offcom consultation on selling off the rights to mobile wireless networks with interest.I’m planning to get a 4G phone when I can find a good deal. I think it is exciting stuff. thanks. Chris

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