4g Wireless Network Essay

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4G Wireless Networks Assignment 2 Professor Otto Information System Decision-Making November 3, 2012 1. Compare and contrast 3G wireless networks to 4G networks in terms of services and application, network architecture, data throughput and user perceptions. With the world’s need for faster and efficient technology, 3G and 4G networks gives subscribers a wide range of advanced services while achieving greater network capacity through increased bandwith, transfer rates and spectral efficiency. In the simplest terms 3G and 4G are the third and fourth generation data networks. 3G opened a whole new realm of possibilities with applications that allows users to stream video and audio, video calling, video conferencing and a huge…show more content…
The 4G LTE technology is used by Verizon Wireless. It supports data rate exchanges at speeds of 100 Mbps for downloads and 50 Mbps for uploads. Users that are really taking advantage of the advancements seem happy with the 4G LTE services offered today, but there have been some reports of poor connectivity and sometimes no connectivity at all. Most of the problems are away from the metropolitan areas where there are fewer 4G cell sites but over time this will be resolved. As of April 19th, 2012 Verizon’s 4G LTE network coverage maps showed their service covered two-thirds of the U.S Population. This coverage provides service to 230 markets in the United States with expectations of that coverage increasing to 400 markets and 260 million people by the end of 2012. With benefits like security, customer address control, enhanced customer experience and services for diverse uses it will no doubt reach its projected goals (Verizon 2011). The 4G WiMax network stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access and is a different standard (802.16). This technology is also the current standard of wireless broadband devices in the United States. Sprint uses this technology for its 4G network. This type of 4G network was designed to provide broadband wireless access in on open Internet Architecture and its cost to performance ratio exceeds
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