Evolution of Wireless Internet and Review

 Evolution of Wireless Internet  and Review 

 G' stands for Generation, as in the next generation of wireless technologies.  Each generation is supposedly faster, more secure and more reliable.  The reliability factor is the hardest obstacle to overcome.  1G was not used to identify wireless technology until 2G, or the second generation, was released.  That was a major jump in the technology when the wireless networks went from analog to digital.  It’s all uphill from there.  3G came along and offered faster data transfer speeds, at least 200 kilobits per second, for multi-media use and is still the standard for wireless transmissions regardless of what you here on all those commercials.  It is still a challenge to get a true 4G connection, which promises upwards of a 1Gps, Gigabit per second, transfer rate if you are standing still and in the perfect spot.  True 4G on a wide spread basis may not be available until the next generation arrives. 5G?

What are the Standards of the G's

Each of the Generations has standards that must be met to officially use the G terminology.  Those standards are set by, you know, those people that set standards.  The standards themselves are quite confusing but the advertisers sure know how to manipulate them.  I will try to simplify the terms a bit.

1G – A term never widely used until 2G was available.  This was the first generation of cell phone technology.  Simple phone calls were all it was able to do.

2G – The second generation of cell phone transmission.  A few more features were added to the menu such as simple text messaging.

3G – This generation set the standards for most of the wireless technology we have come to know and love.  Web browsing, email, video downloading, picture sharing and other Smartphone technology were introduced in the third generation.  3G should be capable of handling around 2 Megabits per second.

4G – The speed and standards of this technology of wireless needs to be at least 100 Megabits per second and up to 1 Gigabit per second to pass as 4G.  It also needs to share the network resources to support more simultaneous connections on the cell.  As it develops, 4G could surpass the speed of the average wireless broadband home Internet connection.  Few devices are capable of the full throttle yet.  Coverage of true 4G is limited to large metropolitan areas.  Outside of the covered areas, 4G phones regress to the 3G standards.  We have a ways to go.  For now, 4G is simply a little faster than 3G.

4G LTE – Long Term Evolution – LTE sounds better.  This buzzword is a version of 4G that is becoming the latest advertised technology but still not true 4G as the standards are set.  When you start hearing about LTE Advanced and WIMAX Release 2, then we will be talking about true fourth generation wireless technologies because they are the only two formats realized by the International Telecommunications Union as True 4G at this time.

WiMAX - Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access – should be capable of around 40 megabits per second with a range of 30 miles.  It is one of the closest technologies to meet the standards of true 4G and as it develop should surpass the 100MB/second which is the 4G standard. Mobile WiMAX allows the use of high speed data transfers and is the main competition for the 4G LTE services provided by cellular carriers.  

 The major wireless networks like Globe , Smart  are not actually lying to anyone about 4G, they simply stretch the truth a bit.  A 4G phone has to comply with the standards but finding the network resources to fulfill the true standard is difficult.  You are buying 4G capable devices but the network is not yet capable of delivering true 4G to the device.  Your brain knows that 4G LTE is faster than 3G so you pay the price for the extra speed.  Marketing 101.

 Here are some speed test for our  major wireless networks.



To have LTE speed  you need  to buy LTE SIM and a LTE capable device.
The Speed depends on your location .

visit: http://tattoo.globe.com.ph/4gspotter?region=NCR

visit: http://www1.smart.com.ph/bro/lte/coverage

 The speed are almost the same  but , for  ms ping  Smart is less ping than Globe  that's good for gamers out there less lags.

This speed are great  the problem is.. behind this amazing speed there is a Fair Use Policy.
 That's  awful  ? :(

More about  Fair Use Policy (FUP)

Your network is a shared resource used by all  subscribers. We want to protect the experience of 97% of our base against the 3% who take up more than their fair share of our network bandwidth.

From 25mbps up to 42mbps  if you reach the said limit/threshold your speed drop to regular 2D signal speed is 12 – 48 Kbps.  
Sorry for  heavy downloaders...

If you reach the 1GB/day or 800MB/day threshold,/limit  your speed will go back to normal at 12:01AM the next day. If you're a Postpaid user and you reach the 3GB/month threshold, your speed will temporarily decrease, and go back to normal at the start of the next month.

NOTE: Fair Use Policy is in compliance with global industry practice, and telecommunications companies all over the world implement this.

Last Feb 7-14  Senator TG Guingona received our complaint about the "Fair Use Policy" and slow mobile Internet in general. 

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