Looking beyond 3G wireless

Brodsky, Ira
April 2005
Network World;4/18/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 15, p47
Trade Publication
The article informs that the mobile phone industry finally is launching long-awaited 3G wireless services, and already a potentially huge problem looms. While 3G networks offer operators roughly three times the capacity of current 2G networks, 3G applications, such as mobile TV and mobile access to the Internet, enterprise networks and e-mail, grizzle more than 20 times the bandwidth of mainstay 2G applications such as voice and text messaging. The industry is working to alleviate the problem by limiting and controlling demand and by applying the latest technology enhancements to squeeze out maximum performance from current 3G technologies. The industry believes It can constrain demand for 3G services, such as streaming media, through a combination of pricing, multicasting and downloading during off-peak hours. The mobile phone industry is approaching a crucial juncture. Will it let new entrants, such as the WiMAX Forum, develop higher-capacity solutions, or will the industry take the bull by the horns and lead the development of technology to replace its current 3G standards? There's no doubt 3G wireless; will be around for at least several years, and systems such as HSDPA and EV-DO Rev A will garner millions of satisfied subscribers.There's also no doubt 3G technology will continue to be enhanced.


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