The Real 4G Wireless Networks Will Arrive in 2013

ITU Headquarters in Geneva

Sure, consumers don’t care what constitutes real 4G, and since it backtracked on its ambitious standards, the International Telecommunications Union is apparently fine with calling the current crop of LTE, WiMAX and HSPA+ technologies 4G (which is good, because marketers were already doing so), but for those diehards who believe real 4G has to deliver 1 Gbps down and 100 Mbps up while mobile then rejoice, because the standard for LTE-Advanced could soon be set.

The GSMA’s Mobile Business Briefing publication noted today that the Release 10 version of the LTE standard known as LTE-Advanced, should be set in March or possibly September of this year. LTE-Advanced will deliver faster wireless, require more spectrum blocks and implement self-organizing networks. That’s all well and good, but the key element here is that if all this happens, the original 4G wireless networks of today could need an upgrade as soon as the end of 2013. That’s right about the time when Verizon will have rolled out its current LTE network over most of the U.S. Nice.

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