Many changes in the wireless telecommunications industry are set to happen in the United States during 2011. The most important is the jump from 3G technology to 4G wireless technology and this change will affect not only the services available from companies in the industry, but also the products and services to be offered.
The big question for many people that needs to be answered is just what is a 4G wireless broadband network? The name 4G is derived from the fact that it is the fourth generation of wireless networking to go online and it differs from previous networks because of the higher standards that have to be met. Even though the requirements for being considered 4G have been lowered somewhat by the International Telecommunications Union, the 4G network most notably is the fastest available and is much faster and interruption free than DSL, cable and other wired broadband connections.
Even though this new technology and all the changes coming to American consumers in 2011 can be confusing, it is important to keep in mind that the 4G network will bring positive changes to the telecommunications industry. Customers will be able to enjoy the faster wireless broadband connections that have little interference, lagging or delays.
However, even good things have some downsides and with the 4G network in the United States the major inconvenience will be coverage. Not all areas will have immediate access to this fast network, even though all the major companies are working on upgrading and expanding coverage so that as many customers as possible will be able to use the 4G network. It is estimated by companies like Verizon and AT & T, though, that the 4G network will be available in all of their coverage areas by 2013.
In order to be able to make the most of the 4G network, more wireless mobile devices will also have to manufactured and sold. These devices will not only include improved smartphones, but also newer tablets and other handheld devices. The improved connectivity and data rates will also enable the creation of new applications for consumers to use on their mobile devices.
Presently, Verizon Wireless is the leading telecommunications company when it comes to overall accessibility to a 4G network, data rates and coverage. This is because the company won the licensing rights and is allowed to expand coverage throughout the United States. On top of that, the LTE rates from Verizon, which happen to be dependent upon the network’s amount of available spectrum, are the fastest to be found as of now. This is due to the fact that Verizon has access to a spectrum of 20 MHz.
However, during 2011 things can change quickly as the network develops and companies strive to stay ahead of the competition. For example, Sprint and Clearwire were the first to provide 4G networking capabilities through the WiMAX service, but are experiencing compatibility and data rate difficulties. If the LTE system for 4G networking is implemented during 2011, then the data rates to and from the network and devices will be the fastest available.