Global radio experts float new mobile phone standard

Jan 20, 2012
Global radio experts have approved radio standards that are to usher in a new mobile phone operating system to replace third generation or 3G technology, the International Telecommunication Union has announced.

Global radio experts have approved radio standards that are to usher in a new mobile phone operating system to replace third generation or 3G technology, the International Telecommunication Union announced on Friday.

The newly-adopted "IMT Advanced Spectrum" would result in faster and better quality mobile services, said Francois Rancy, director of the ITU's radiocommunication bureau.

Rancy addressed media on the closing day of the organisation's Radiocommunication Assembly in Geneva.

"Many of the (current) global standards are (previous) recommendations adopted at the Radiocommunication Assembly," noted Rancy, citing one adapted about 10 years ago for what is known as "3G" spectrum.

"Many of the you have in your pockets now are an important result," of recommendations such as those regarding 3G, Rancy said.

"The IMT Advanced spectrum adopted this week provides a step forward in terms of quality and speed for ," he added.

Alan Jamieson, chairman of the Radiocommunication Assembly, said many of its recommendations will now be discussed at the ITU's World Radiocommunication Conference, which opens here on Monday.

"It is very important to the ITU and the member states and even more important to users," he said referring to the new standard.

"It won't occur overnight, but it will occur. It will take time to make its way through," to manufacturers and users, Jamieson said.

He said they expected to provide a "substantial level of improvement" in performance and the bandwidth needed to provide fast services.

Some phone providers have dubbed the new standard "4G".

"The term 4G remains undefined, but it is being applied by operators to the forerunners of IMT-Advanced technologies" and to others evolving from 3G systems, the ITU said in a statement.

The warned however that increased pressure on the use of could hamper its observation work.

", disaster warnings and climate monitoring are all critically dependent on radio frequency bands which are used around the clock by meteorological services," the WMO said in a statement.

"Increasing pressure on the use of radio spectrum from wireless technology and other applications could hamper earth observations and efforts to understand and predict climate change."

ITU officials are expecting 150 countries and 3,300 delegates at the WRC, which runs from January 23 to February 17.

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CHollman82
1.3 / 5 (14) Jan 20, 2012
Did I step through a rip in the space time continuum? I have had a phone with "4G" for two years now... are they saying that that is not really "4G" and the providers offering already are lying to us?
Urgelt
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CHollman82: Yes.
trippingsock
not rated yet Jan 21, 2012
Did I step through a rip in the space time continuum? I have had a phone with "4G" for two years now... are they saying that that is not really "4G" and the providers offering already are lying to us?


From Wiki:
"The pre-4G technology 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) is often branded "4G", but the first LTE release does not fully comply with the IMT-Advanced requirements."

LTE Advanced download speed is 1 Gbit/s with upload speed 500 Mbit/s ... while previous candidate system (also branded as 4G) could only do 100 Mbit/s in the downlink and 50 Mbit/s in the uplink.