The advantages of 4G infrastructure

We've heard a lot about Sprint's foray into the magical world of 4G communication, with its wondrous speeds (up to four times faster than 3G networks) and limited coverage areas. While it may be a huge leap forward in the realm of telecommunications technology, it's also making things simpler in many ways, especially on the backend.

CNN has a special report on the nitty-gritty of 4G; how it's implemented, how it works with and on top of 3G networks already in place, and how it looks very similar to a server/communications rack you'd find in any data center near you. It's very interesting to see how wireless telecommunications is slowly turning into one vast wireless IP network, and 4G seems to be taking a big step in that direction. 

We get to see a revealing comparison between the physical footprint 3G networks have on the ground, and the large decrease in size and cost 4G brings to the physical infrastructure department. The actual communications equipment is placed right on the 3G towers, so in many cases new towers won't have to be built to accommodate the roll out of 4G.

The report also features a nice hands-on with Sprint's HTC EVO, its flagship 4G device to be released Summer 2010. We get some nice demonstrations of YouTube download speeds and Google Maps performance on the 4G network, which both look pretty enticing. 

Make sure to check out Neowin's hands-on with Sprint's 4G Overdrive.

 

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Finally, a mobile device story not about the iphone! Pretty cool stuff though. I'm sure us Canadians will take quite a while to adopt this.

qwexor said,
Finally, a mobile device story not about the iphone! Pretty cool stuff though. I'm sure us Canadians will take quite a while to adopt this.

actually, us Canadians are lucky that the two big cdma carriers built up an HSPA+ network last year. we have 3 major carriers all using hspa+ 21mbps networks, all with plans to layout LTE over the coming years.

Kaemon said,
I have Clear in Philly and I love the 4G connection
Clear != Cell phone service provider. That is the worst part.

Edited by Jebadiah, Apr 21 2010, 2:19am :

Kaemon said,
I have Clear in Philly and I love the 4G connection

serious question - i thought the FIRST 4G phone was to be released in june; so how are you loving the 4G connection?