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WSJ: AT&T Relabels its 3G Network, 4G

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Nick, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    "AT&T flipped a switch Wednesday and turned on
    its 4G wireless network. The switch, however,
    was in the company's marketing department."

    More @ WSJ.com
  2. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Perhaps AT&T should relabel its marketing department, the "Lie Department".
  3. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    I don't think that article is quite accurate. I can't find anything on AT&T's site that's calling their current network 4G... it's all still referred to as 3G and claims that 4G is coming later this year.
  4. 4HiMarks

    4HiMarks Hall Of Fame

    Jan 21, 2004
    Laurel, MD
    Isn't 3G, 4G and anything else "G" just marketing hype anyway? What are the tech specs of 3G vs 4G? Anything like USB 1.1 vs USB 2.0?
  5. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Actually the ITU, which is the UN body that sets voluntary standards for telephony, has a fixed standard for 3G. They came out with one for 4G but the problem was that nothing in the US would meet it until LTE-Advanced rolled out. So, much like the other recommendations the ITU makes, the US simply ignored it and called anything faster than 1st generation HSPA "4G." In an interesting turn of fate the ITU backed away and now says they are considering a broader definition of 4G.

    In case you were curious, countries with phone numbers like ours, e.g. (000) 000-0000 ignore the ITU's standard for telephony, while countries that don't, e.g. everyone but us, Canada, and a few others, don't.
  6. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    For more information on this here's an article from ZDNet which explains:

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