The U.S. is rather far behind the rest of the world when it comes to cell phones and cell networks. While Europe and Japan have been streaming video from their 3G networks for 6-12 months, we are still stuck somewhere between 2.5-3G. This makes the difference of 20 frames per second, up to 30 channels, maximum speeds of 2.4 Mbps but actually 200Kbps (2.5-3G) and 30 fps, 50 channels, and 800Kbps-1Mbps (true 3G). Read more to learn about the transition and benefit of 4G networks.
While many people question, “Who would watch TV on this little screen,” need I mention you being stuck in an airport during the big game, or sitting in the back of a boring meeting during your show. When given the opportunity people are willing and eager to buy add-ons. Regardless, while it may not be high numbers, people will use this technology.
That brings us to the present.
The future offers faster speeds and larger bandwidth; we’re talking 1 Gbps with video programs broadcasting in high-def. To maximum network space, stations will stream over a given bandwidth (much like today’s TV networks). Slim, single-antenna phones, like the concept shown, will be able to receive location-based news from local networks servers.
You still maybe saying, “Well who cares.” You will, this does not just mean that your cell phone can receive TV, but now everywhere you walk, you have access to a 1 Gigabit internet connection (at true operating speeds, about 800 times faster than your in home broadband connection). This will be the medium to receive internet in your home, TV in your home, and allow wireless electronics and devices (cars, personal wearable-computers, etc…) all access the internet.
4G networks are necessary for seamless computing and the reality of the future, you just may have to move to Europe or Japan if you want to take advantage anytime soon.