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This report explains how AT&T sets a much lower standard than Verizon Wireless for the speed of the devices and service it labels as 4G. The vast majority of what AT&T calls its 4G network is far slower than what Verizon Wireless call 4G, which is actually 4G LTE – a different technology that is four times faster or more. AT&T can do this because there are no regulations or governing standards.
Take a look at the report and get a better understanding of what 2G, 3G, 4G and 4G LTE means. A new report from Grudi Associates provides facts and explanations about 3G, 4G and 4G LTE wireless services that help customers choose the right carrier and service, while avoiding advertising hype.
AT&T turned on its 4G wireless network Wednesday. The switch, however, was in the company’s marketing department. By relabeling its existing 3G network, the country’s second-largest wireless carrier joined the other major wireless players with so-called fourth-generation wireless technology, which promises mobile Internet speeds so fast that huge files can be downloaded in minutes and streaming video can be watched without the interruptions of earlier-generation technologies. As recently as September, AT&T executives had referred to the company’s current network, which runs on a technology it calls HSPA-plus, as 3G. But AT&T has subtly shifted its marketing message since then, now proclaiming “the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network” instead of the fastest 3G network. The 4G network claim is already being used by all the major wireless carriers but what is the real definition of 4G.
4G is downloads speeds of 100MB per second and at this time Verizon Wireless which has the fastest network with their LTE network rollout only has downloads speeds of 5 to 12MB per second less than one quarter of the 4G definition. The marketing departments of the major carriers did a great job changing the definition of 4G.
In March 2011 a satellite company Viasat will be introducing a true 4G network with downlink speeds of 100MB per second but at the beginning it will be only for military use and consumer use will still be a few years out.
I wonder if they will claim to have 5G.
Based on a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Clearwire plans to introduce new, pay-as-you-go WiMax service in the near future. The company, which called for a press conference on Monday, August 30 , is building out a WiMax network in cooperation with Sprint. Sprint and Clearwire’s WiMax covers 49 markets in the U.S., but still only a handful of devices — including just two phones – The company they form to rollout WiMax is Clear.com.
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Clearwire has started a roll out of a company called Clear. They will offer WiMax internet for the home and mobile (laptops). CLEAR has built a brand new WiMAX network that covers entire cities with super fast mobile internet. With average speeds 3 to 6 Mbps and burst over 10 Mbps, you can stream movies, play online games and video chat on the go.
This will give the big two Verizon Wireless and AT&T competition for wireless internet in the cities offering Clear . All of the available wireless data offered by Verizon, AT&T and Sprint now currently have a 5 GB monthly limit. Clear is now contacting existing wireless dealers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale for a November 2010 launch date. Clear is a Sprint partner in the deployment of WiMax.
Clear WiMax plans