3G technology already being overtaken

Fort Frances and Rainy River District currently have a 2G network for cellphone signal delivery.
It replaced the first generation cellphone system with its analogue signal. Moving to a digital system allowed cellphone users to have more services.
But those services, included texting, Internet browsing, and greater voice security, came with a penalty. The maximum distance a cellphone could be used from a tower was greatly reduced.
As such, cellphone companies had to build more towers to reach their users.
When the third generation of cellular networks came into being, speed was dramatically increased. The 3G networks have facilitated greater freedom for users.
Networks in the U.S. now offer up connector cards that are plugged into laptops so people can use their computers anywhere where a 3G network is available.
With your phone, you can have simultaneous phone calls with data transfers, music and video streaming, plus many network-based applications. Your phone even could work as a credit card.
?The iPhone and other advanced phones have taken great advantage of the 3G networks. Most of the U.S. has 3G networks today.
Here in Northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay Mobility has announced the roll-out of the 3G network across the region in the next 18 months, and have partnered with Rogers Communications.
Personally, I can hardly wait to have an iPhone that will work in this region with all its fun gadgets and applications. There are other similar advanced phones, or “smartphones,” out on the market made by other manufacturers.
What are surely to follow are advances in mobile devices like the new iPad by Apple that will allow more network available programs. It is only a matter of time until these become available in Canada.
In India, cellphones have had the greatest expansion of use in the world. Every month, the number of added cellphone users in that country is equal to the total number of users in Canada.
Annually, the number of users in India increases by 50 percent.
With the exploding growth of cellphones in India, more advanced applications are being created and are making their way to market. Many are finding their way to North America.
While I am excited about the 3G networks, the Sprint network in the U.S. already has rolled out the next generation of wireless networks now referred to as 4G, or fourth generation.
It makes phones faster to download or upload information. You can download network applications and run them 100 times faster than you can on a 3G network.
In rural parts of the U.S., they are learning the 4G networks allow greater distances between towers and cellphones or computers. It is enabling rural homeowners to have access to high-speed Internet connections.
Many areas that previously were being denied Internet connections now will be able to receive them with 4G networks.
It is a technology that will prove to be attractive in Northwestern Ontario. It may not overcome issues with the granite shield, but will make serving remote areas better.
We are not likely to see 4G networks in our area for another five years. Having 3G by next year is wonderful, but we have to understand that technology and the world is moving forward.
The 3G phones you may have next year probably won’t work on a 4G network.
And in all likelihood, your phone that you own today may not work on a 3G network and you will need to change—just as you had to change when we went from our analogue phone service to 2G service.
Changing technology creates needs for replacement products and the cellphone is today’s best example.

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