In most of my presentations I mentioned the importance of 3G cellular networks and the impact it will have on the Mobile Web. 3G will bring broadband speeds to cell phones which will greatly improve the Web experience for anyone using a cell phone to access the web. While the U.S. is still in the early stages of rolling out 3G cellular networks, China will be rolling out 4G cellular networks within the next couple of years. 4G mobile testing facility approved from the Shanghai Daily News explains how 4G ” could eventually enable cell phone users to watch high-definition TV, browse the Internet and hold video conferences using their mobile handsets”.
The speed available through a 4G network is impressive. “The 4G wireless technology is expected to provide data transfer rates of up to 100 megabits a second – about 100 times faster than current networks and 50 times faster than a 3G network.” My personal experience with using a smart phone to access the web has been frustrating and I anxiously await the arrival of the faster cellular networks.