It may seem to the general public that new internet technologies come out overnight. One day they are using dialup internet, and the next everybody is cruising around on a broadband network. The same is true of mobile technologies. When the jump from 2g wireless to 3g wireless happened, people felt like all of a sudden the world of mobile internet technology had changed for the better. The truth, however, is that 3g networks were a decade in the making. While this sounds like a long time, considering the amount of time, energy and technological development that went into getting these networks off the ground it was relatively fast. The first generation, the very beginning of the chain of development, was founded in the 1980s. Now, in the year 2010, the fourth generation is already upon us. The 1990s saw the 2nd generation, or 2g internet, and by the end of the decade 3g technology was prevalent. It has, in effect, been a decade since the last big swing in internet technology. The world is just about due for another.
The big jump between 2g and 3g wireless was the use of multimedia applications. Instead of simply being able to access simple internet functions, people could actually start to see the gap closing between the internet and multimedia functions of their home computers, and that of their mobile devices. The advent of 4g wireless will see those media functions expanded upon and improved upon to an unprecedented degree. People will be able to use functions like video calling and video conferencing in perfect quality, and will be able to do it from anywhere with connectivity and coverage. Being sold as the ‘fastest mobile communication method without cables’ that has ever been created, 4g wireless is sure to revolutionize not only how people use mobile devices but the number of devices that can support an active internet connection. Of course, it may take another decade to really develop that kind of expansive technology, but the world of internet wanted to offer up something for users to chew on in the meantime.
For many years cellular phones have operated with antennas, and the people behind 4g wireless simply thought, why not the internet too? Instead of relying on cables and wires to physically deliver connectivity, it just seemed to make more sense that more people could access the internet more easily if it was coming from a centralized source. Right now, that allows people in urban areas to access the internet from all around town, but someday it could allow people living in areas that have never had high speed internet access to quickly and easily get connected. Of course, questions can be raised over an entirely wireless network about safety and security, but as these networks are further developed such issues are promised to be fully addressed. For the mobile broadband communications purposes that the first users of the new generation of internet service are likely to require, the safety and security is more than adequate, and the timing could not be better for a new boost in internet and communications technology.