4G is here! Wait, what’s 4G?
3G or “Third Generation” is one of the current mobile communication standards with data speeds generally maxing out at 384 Kbps for outdoor services and a maximum range between 2Mbps to 4 Mbps for indoor services, which is slightly faster than a number of DSL broadband services. Since early 2000, 3G has been the mobile telecommunication standard for mobile devices such as; cell phones, smart phones and mobile broadband routers offered by Verizon’s MIFI and Sprint’s “Mobile Hotspot” that provide Internet connectivity for laptops, net books, e-Readers, tablets, home PCs and Macs, etc… 3G has some limitations that have caused a number of customers not to experience the maximum 3Mbps download speed, which would be equivalent to downloading a 3-minute song in 15 seconds, one of those limitations is caused by the shared bandwidth of 6.75 Mbit/s that is used at one time by an abundant of customers connecting to a single base or “cell tower” using mobile devices.
Released in 2009 in a handful of cities across America the 4th generation of mobile communication called, you guessed it, 4G
was launched by Sprint, Clearwire (Sprint is now majority owner of Clearwire) and Verizon using WiMAX and LTE or Long Term Evolution technologies; which are network protocols that promises up to 1 GB (or 100 Mbps) peak download and 500 Mbit/s peak upload ITU 4G standards; 90 times the speed of 3G.
In late winter of 2011, 4G LTE arrived in the Detroit region via Verizon, T-Mobile and Metro PC promising download speeds ranging from 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps that would enable customers to download high-definition movies in a little over three minutes and MP3s and other audio formats in a manner of seconds. 4G also helps to enhance the quality of service of phone calls and mobile communication activities by decreasing dropped calls and reducing network outages due to the increased broadband speeds that 4G provides.
Even though 4G may be fast enough to replace many home broadband services, it’s still not as reliable as wired connected broadband services mainly due to interference that transpires on wireless broadband infrastructures, but until that issue is resolved we welcome 4G to Detroit, you’ve finally arrived!