Sunday, December 12, 2010

How smartphone business users will benefit from 4G

From: [Techrepublic]

Smartphones have been held back to an extent by the limitations of the cellular networks. Current 3G systems, while much faster than the old 2G standards, are still slow in comparison with even relatively inexpensive home broadband options such as cable, and lag far behind fiber optic technologies such as Verizon’s FiOS. In testing the speeds of the four major U.S. wireless carriers’ 3G implementations earlier this the year, PC World discovered that average downloads speeds ranged from 795 kbps to 1.4 mbps, with upload speeds ranging from 311 kbps to 773 kpbs. FiOS, on the other hand, provides download rates of up to 50 mbps with 20 mbps uploads. Cable Internet services can often offer 5 to 10 mbps or more.

More and more people are used to these high-speed connections and, when they start using smartphones, their expectations are high. They don’t want to sit and wait for web pages to render or deal with jerky video. And when they’re using their smartphones for business, it’s even more critical that they’re able to accomplish their tasks in a timely manner. The good news is that help is here (in the case of some carriers) or on the way in the form of 4G, the fourth generation of mobile wireless technology.  

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