Forget the 4G marketing argument, ITU acknowledges US carriers have 4G

Summary:Carriers have been poking at each other about 4G and technically no one had 4G until a couple weeks ago when the ITU stated that our US wireless carriers' data networks can indeed be considered 4G.

At the beginning of this month I noted that Verizon announced their 4G rollout and questioned if any of these fast US networks were really 4G. At that time, none of them were considered 4G, but since then I learned that the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) issued a report and expanded the 4G definition so that the WiMAX, LTE, and HSPA+ networks in the US are now considered 4G networks so we can finally put that marketing vs. reality question to bed.

The ITU issued a press release on 6 December and the term used for 4G is IMT-Advanced. The ITU now considers these US technologies as IMT-Advanced so we can now acknowledge that AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint are 4G networks, although they do still have varying speeds and coverage that is highly dependent on your geographic location. Let's now look to 2011 for the 4G handsets since we currently only have a couple from T-Mobile and a couple from Sprint to use.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Networking


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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