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Old 12-10-2013, 02:27 AM
 
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Fair enough. I hope the ITU gets its act together then.

IMHO, having 'LTE' in AT&T devices and just '4G' in LTE (same infrastructure) for devices in Europe, standardized, doesnt make any sense. Just speaking out loud here. Even those of us in the industry scratch our heads at the bureaucracy.
ITU and marketing aside... what is your personal definition (or expectation) of 4g? In other words, what do you think should deserve the title '4g'?
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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ITU and marketing aside... what is your personal definition (or expectation) of 4g? In other words, what do you think should deserve the title '4g'?
My professional, not personal (as well as colleagues) definition is basically from an infrastructure standpoint.

Taking an existing UMTS or WCDMA/GSM outlay and improving upload or download speeds marginally so it reaches some technical speed set by the ITU is just not 4G. There is no infrastructural (generational) difference in any aspect of it except theoretical speed.

Back to the OP and most consumers out there. Its really a wash for a light-medium data users between LTE and 4G in the US for anything that syncs email or needs a burst of speed to access a webpage.
Streaming or other needs where a constant data connection is required is where LTE shines for the end user.
For the networks, its still a mystery on how they will manage to support all of the users and data centric devices over the next ten years. Far more data subscribers outpacing the infrastructure builds.
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