United Nations Sets Standards for Next Generation Mobile Technology

95732306A recent telecom meeting at the United Nations just approved the next generation of mobile technology, technology that experts believe will make our mobile devices 500 times faster than 3G devices. In addition to that, this technology is said to eliminate the wait time between the tap of your finger and the appearance of a web page.

The telecom announced that this technology will be used immediately for planning changes to equipment, though it could very well take at least two years to show up on consumer devices like smartphones and tablets. This time gap is due, primarily, to the fact that it takes a lot of time to actually get to the production phase.

The main difference between this new technology and the kind we use in our everyday lives right now is comparable to the difference between a dial-up internet connection and a fiber-optic cable, according to United Nations officials. Head of the agency’s radiocommunication bureau Francois Rancy stated, “This means absolutely no time to get a page open.”

The technology has yet to be available because the United Nations first needs to approve the international standards for its use. The IMT-Advanced system uses a radio-frequency spectrum more efficiently. Devices that incorporate the technology will also need less bandwidth to access the internet, stream videos and transfer data.

These new standards, which many are referring to as “true” 4G, or fourth generation of mobile wireless standards, were recently approved by the ITU Radiocommunication Assembly at its meeting in Geneva this past week. ITU set the requirements for 4G service back in 2009.

In December of 2010 ITU stated that some current technologies, like LTE and WiMax, could also be billed as forerunners to 4G despite the fact that they do not meet the requirements of the IMT-Advanced system. The 2G, 3G and 4G technologies have been set by the International Telecommunication Union to define the services and download speeds provided by networks.

The current 3G standard, which is known as International Mobile Telecommunications, has been in widespread use since 2000. Rancy added that the new IMT-Advanced systems will deliver “a much higher quality and a much higher bit rate, typically of the order of 100 megabits per second.” Rancy also added that, “This is a huge leap. This is what people are really asking for now.”

Source: USA Today – U.N. sets stage for blazing fast new mobile devices

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