If you’re like most people — myself included — you have yet to even jump onto the 3G bandwagon of high-speed data. For those of you who have, you may be growing tired of terminology like 3.5G and 3.75G. Well, it seems that they’re getting ready for the next full-fledged generation of cellular technology because a development group has come together to develop 4G.
Calling themselves the “Next Generation Mobile Networks” group (presumably, so they can keep the name to work on 5G, 6G, and so on), the 4G developers are working towards a possible 2010 commercial deployment. Founding members of this conglomerate include some pretty big names, like Orange, Spint Nextel, Vodafone, T-Mobile, and KPN Mobile. Along the way, China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo have jumped on board as well.
The rest of the world is still trying to catch up to the 3G (Japan and a small handful of other countries seem to be the only ones who are ahead of the game) and they’re already talking about 4G? Let’s hope that 4G is a little less confusing than the onslaught of acronyms associated with 3G, 3.5G, and 3.75G.