Looking Ahead to 4G

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It's not until the end of this piece that it becomes apparent that it is the announcement of the launch of a new edition of Wireless Development and Design China.


All we can say is that it is far superior to a press release. The writer lays out the contenders for 4G supremacy. The piece has an Asian focus, though the writer does touch on events here in the States. The emphasis on lands far away doesn't mean that it is not important for companies here to pay attention to this commentary and the topic in general.


More than ever before, we live in a worldwide community in which events and transitions on one side of the world affect the other. 4G is coming quicker than many people think, and the savvy companies will begin thinking about it now.


4G is not a technology. Rather, it is a set of parameters focusing on the use of IP and overall throughput that, if satisfied, will enable that platform to be identified as 4G. The open-ended nature of the development cycle sets up a giant bake-off between wireless technologies such as WiMax and advanced, post-3G cellular. The interesting thing is that each of these has easily understood advantages and disadvantages: Wireless tends to be cheaper and offer more bandwidth but has a smaller footprint, while cellular is pricier but covers more area.


It also is possible that the technologies will work together as real-world issues emerge. In any case, the fact that a number of platforms will be pushing each other will accelerate the process.