If you think 3G wireless broadband was fast, you haven’t seen anything yet. 4G, the next generation of wireless broadband, is being rolled out right now across the nation by all the leading wireless carriers.
4G wireless broadband, the 4th generation of wireless broadband service, offers speeds of up to six times that of the former 3G standard. A download that would normally take 10 minutes on a 3G connection has been shown to take only 2 minutes with a strong 4G signal.
The race for carriers to roll out this new high speed broadband service is being pushed by the ever increasing need for streaming video and high bandwidth applications being used on mobile devices today. This speed increase is of the most benefit to users of online video content delivery platforms such as NetFlix or YouTube.
Currently 4G wireless broadband services are only available in select locations around the United States. These locations logically are centered on highly populated areas such as cities and transit points. Right now all available 4G devices are backwards compatible with the 3G standard so users can still receive service when not within one of these areas, only at a diminished speed.
It is expected that 4G wireless broadband availability in the United States will reach that of the current 3G coverage maps within the next 4 years. With the need for faster wireless broadband increasing every day we may see the time frame for full 4G coverage decrease dramatically as carriers compete to have the largest coverage map available.
4G wireless is the new standard for wireless broadband access and it is here to stay. It’s speed and compatibility with most new wireless broadband devices make it the best choice for internet on the go. With all major carriers offering this 4G service you can also be sure that even with its increased speed that its cost will always remain competitive.