How New Internet Technologies Like 4G

New internet technologies and their development involve a combination of two main ingredients: the technologies that are actually available and the developments the world would like to see. Setting up new internet technologies is not like programming a VCR in the sense that there is no precedent and therefore no instruction manual. The developers must iron out the kinks, and hopefully before the technology is released to the public. The public can be fickle, and if an internet technology fails or presents many problems right away upon release, they are not likely to give it another chance. The amount of money which must be put up front in order to fuel the research and development of new internet technologies is enormous, and the guarantee of seeing the money return could take years or even decades. The same is true of the current trend towards 4g wireless networks. Those who have been paying attention know that for many years the anticipation has been building when it comes to this next generation of internet technology. The cellular phone and internet industries, as well as other technology developers have been hard at work trying to develop existing broadband networks into what they would like to see. This is a protocol solution with faster data speeds and complete, seamless coverage for wireless users.

The main idea is to give users a better quality of service than they’ve had in the past with other generations of mobile technology. The reception must be improved so that there are no ‘dead zones,’ or at least a minimal amount of them. The incidence of dropped signal or dropped data must be minimized as well, and the quality of the exchanges of information, including the speed, must be improved. The entire operation must be approved by the International Telecommunications Union before it can be officially declared the ‘next generation,’ meaning that 4g wireless networks will have to demonstrate better performance when it comes to video conferencing and calling services. Clearly consumers want all of these things, but many people need them in an increasingly digitally connected world.

While the technology has been designed to be entirely mobile and redundant throughout major urban areas (and eventually throughout the country) it will clearly operate better when in a fixed position. Changing towers with any frequency does not mean the signal will be interrupted, but it might not run at the same blistering speeds. This generation of internet, then, is not meant to be used entirely as a mobile service or entirely as a stationary service, but for someone or some purpose that falls somewhere in between. As the fastest mobile method of communication ever created, there is a lot of pressure on 4g wireless networks to blow people’s minds, creating a large amount of demand. With the economy still well below where it was during the technology booms of the 90s and even early 2000s, it may be tough to push any new technology right now, especially one that does not deliver a big change in performance. Only time will tell if the ‘Fourth Generation’ can stand the pressure and live up to the hype.