Did you know that when technology companies set out to create the next big leap in technology, they start out with a list of objectives? These are objectives that define the direction of the technology over the next months and years. Before 4G mobile Internet, the latest in Internet technology, started becoming widely available, it was just a list of objectives. These goals sprang from the ultimate goal of making the third generation technology better and more efficient. If you’re wondering what some of those goals were, here are a few of the less technical goals in layman’s terms.
One of the major objectives of 4G technology was to have a mobile Internet connection that you could actually move with. Instead of having to be stationary to pick up a decent signal, the new goal was to have a good signal even when you were moving. Ideally, the download speed of 4G Internet while a person was moving in relation to the point where the connection came from would be about 100Mbit/second. Of course, this means that the sitting still speed of the Internet technology would be much higher than that of third generation technology, which was another of the objectives.
A smoother hand off was another key point in the 4G technology objectives. Basically, when you’re on a particular network and are traveling, you are handed off from one tower to the next as you pass out of one’s range and into another range. The hand off can sometimes cause gaps in your coverage, which are really annoying. Most of the time, cell phone hand off is smooth. The goal of 4G makers, though, was to make mobile Internet connection hand off just as smooth and efficient.
Another of the goals was that 4G Internet connections be able to support a wide variety of other technologies of the new generation. This included being able to upload and download streaming video content and being able to use high definition video while connected to the Internet. Mobile TV and real time audio were also supposed to be supported by this type of Internet connection.
Besides this, the goal was that all 4G networks work off of packet switching, IP operations and work with the other existing technologies. This means that the connection transfers small packets of information, which is highly efficient. It also means that when you connect to a 4G network, you should also be able to pick up a 3G signal if need be. This makes traveling outside of the range of the newest technology much simpler and easier.
All of these goals were laid out around 2002 when technology operatives first began thinking about what would come after the 3G networks. The goals laid out here are not set in stone, and a 4G network may not meet them all yet. Right now, many networks are starting out with some of the 4G goals as they work to develop the other objectives as well.