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

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, Wi-Fi

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  • ITU obviously got <del>bribed</del> sponsored to issue this nonsense at ...

    ... this "co-incedentally" convenient time.

    It is really pathethic that a lame half advance of technology is now could be legitimately called "4G". Nothing of the <b>qualitative</b> change that "4G" was conceived for is actually in range of these lame speeds that LTE and such can offer.<br><br>Initial 100 MBod speeds were not thought to be set as "4G" for nothing; this is what actually changes the way cellular data transfer can be used. Poor speeds as LTE and such do not make that qualitative change.
    • RE: Forget the 4G marketing argument, ITU acknowledges US carriers have 4G

      @denisrs Agreed, this is right up there with what our country passes of as "high speed Internet" to consumers when they say 1.5 mb/s is high speed.

  • ITU has no balls, sells out all credibility, shows its become a joke.

    in other words exactly what we've come to expect from a U.N. ageny. What a shame. I hope they at least renamed what was 4G to 5G so the lame "4G" we're seeing rolled out by Verizon, Clearwire, etc. isn't confused with something really decent.<br>ITU wish for 2011:<br>1) Get a leader from a country that lives in the 21st century instead a third world basket case where half the population is below the poverty line and cant afford cell phones and computers.<br>2) Grow a pair of balls<br>3) Establish a WORLDWIDE standard.
    Johnny Vegas
    • Worldwide standards

      @Johnny Vegas

      While the ITU was busy writing up their lame criticism of 4G, the industry was busy working on implementing LTE, which by the way IS a worldwide standard...which now has 2 flavors FDD and TDD. Likewise a lot of work was done by the carriers to build an all-IP core, roll out ethernet to the cellsite, and interoperate with legacy technologies like GSM and CDMA/EVDO.

      For 2011, I hope you do some reading and actually learn a bit about wireless networking before posting.

      PS: The current 4G is a substantial improvement over existing services, and it will keep improving. LTE stands for LONG TERM EVOLUTION!
  • RE: Forget the 4G marketing argument, ITU acknowledges US carriers have 4G

    4G is still not a problem nowadays because <a href="">text marketing</a> is still being used on a large scale. As long as this doesn't change, my opinion is that people won't make too much noise about the connection speed for 4G networks.