What 4G Means for the Future of Mobile
The gradual development of 4G mobile internet has many implications for the future of the mobile industry as a whole. The faster and more stable speeds offered by 4G offer people even more flexibility than they currently have with 3G to browse the internet, stream content, and use social networks.
Moreover, businesses can benefit from being able to collaborate and share content over 4G networks; check out DCL mobile’s 4G Business packages for examples of how this might work.
In terms of general speed upgrades and consistent signals, 4G offers around 20 Mbps to 30 Mbps download speeds at the moment, although this is gradually increasing – - 4G can theoretically manage up to 1000 Mbps and more. 4G also tends to be more stable than 3G or Wi-Fi due to advanced LTE multiplexing; in this context, once 4G does become more widely available, users will able to enhance their use of phones to make purchases, browse information, and view entertainment content while away from their home internet connections.
For businesses, 4G mobile internet provides a future where it’ll become increasingly straightforward to access data and collaborate on projects, with video conferencing made easier than with 3G; this could be particularly valuable for small businesses that can’t afford high overheads like rental leases, but still need to have a reliable internet connection when they’re working. In the same way, 4G will likely make it easier for businesses to use remote and flexible working schedules.
At present, 4G is only available in the UK through the EE network, and only in major cities – - this is changing, though, with the recent auctioning of the 4G radio spectrum by the government meaning that there’ll be more competitors and price options by 2014 for individuals and businesses who want to use 4G. Work is also underway on improving the UK’s general mobile infrastructure, with exponential growth planned to the point of making towers and networks 5G compatible.
4G will also be crucial to how effectively countries can build upon their existing IT infrastructure, with the UK hoping to be able to compete with South Korea and parts of Scandinavia over speeds and coverage. One of the major challenges faced by 4G networks and users over the next few years will be capacity and price packaging, with backhaul networks having to be more robust to handle speed increases.
While EE are currently reluctant to offer unlimited data plans, their recent doubling of speeds in established 4G areas, and introduction of shared data plans, indicate a wide range of different pricing options.
It’s also possible that 4G will be replaced by a faster 5G connection over the next five years, as more networks are established and people purchase more smartphones and tablets as their default option for accessing the internet. What 4Gwill provide, however, is another incentive for people to cut landline cords and increasingly rely on mobile internet rather than fixed broadband to browse the internet and stream media through their computers and television sets.
About the Author: Rosette Summer
Rosette is a tech blogger following the latest news in the world of smartphones. For more information on 4G for businesses, she recommends visiting DCL Mobile. She’s been enjoying using 4G speeds in London since 2012.