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Article: ITU Softens Stance on What can be Called 4G
They should have just left it alone. Make these companies strive for the real definition of 4G.
If Verizon (and Im sure at&t will follow) is going to charge $50 for 5GB of the fast good stuff, make them charge for something that is true to form. I dont know about you, but I dont think those prices are worth a slowed down version of 4G.
4G stands for the fourth generation of cellular wireless standards. It is a successor to 3G and 2G families of standards. Speed requirements for 4G service set the peak download speed at 100 Mbit/s for high mobility communication (such as from trains and cars) and 1 Gbit/s for low mobility communication (such as pedestrians and stationary users).
In Europe it's a on-going "nonsense" discussion... It's possible and it's not possible!
The technical difficulties of sustaining signal strength and delivering 4G cannot, yet, be guaranteed by any major manufacturer (and we've got Siemens, Nokia itself amongst the infrastructure specialists).
Never mind achieving 4G. Sustaining signal strength, even in city centresvisca problem.
Then there is APCER and ISO minimum requirements to be met. And none of them do that yet.
Conclusion - 4G is a no-no. There is 3G and 3,5G (especially for video calling and conference) and that satisfies the minimum requirements.
4G is not even part of the equation. Until the infrastructure us up and working satisfactorily (ISO and APCER) then it's not even commercially spoken of. Period !
This is what I hate about regulating boards, pandering to the big boys rather than sticking to the definitions that were originally set. Verizon and Sprint claimiing 4G, charging for 4G when its not, now the regulations are changed so that their advertising is technically correct. I agree with Capdot, Make these companies strive for the real definition. I know in the US truth in advertising is well below the standard of Europe. It's about time things changed!
I think that this is outrageous! How can you loosen the rigidity of a definition when it comes to something like speed (which is measurable and rigid)? I am so disappointed because many consumers wouldn't have knowledge of this article and not know the stupidity of this regulating body's decision. This opens the door to less-than-favourable advertising about 4G speeds which implies a much higher level of speed. This is depressing to say the least!
I agree with you 110%. Looks like someone is driving a new car due to this. This is gonna open a big can of crap next year because all the carriers are gonna start charging an additional charges to use this quote on quote 4G. Sprint is already doing it, and VZ has been working on there new data rate for there 4G LTE.
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Add this to the government dipping their fingers into the internet, and the carriers (who already have a monopoly in certain areas) will take it upon themselves to charge a different rate depending on the speed you require. I can see the carriers making lots of profit. Not good for the consumer. With regards to 4G, if the standards are met rather than being changed I personally would not mind paying an additional sum if I thought that I could use it where ever I travelled, however I will not pay for something that is only slightly better, for a small portion of the time in restricted areas. If we are going to have controling bodies then they should do their job and do it properly, ensure companies meet the original standards, if they cant meet them, well then they cannot advertise that they can!!!!
You just said something I have been trying to tell my friends for months. I am gonna save your post and lay it to them when the topic comes up again. By showing the post from someone other than me my open there eyes. You hit it right on the dollar signs.
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