ITU Changes Tune, LTE and WiMax Can Be Called '4G'
Top message: I actually filed a complaint.... by Slammer
Replying to: Are you serious? by Azeron
Re: Are you serious?
As Technician, I take technology and certain terms branded to the technology serious.
As a consumer, I take how marketing effects the view of us consumers very seriously.
People should be taking the whole scope of 4G with more than just speeds.
Right now consumers are under the impression of acquiring 4G for speeds alone. What is going to happen in the next year or so when more than just speeds are needed for everyday operations?
As we speak, I am currently upgrading many restaurants with equipment that will seamingly incorporate LTE and WiMAX chips to allow managers and owners to monitor operations of their businesses while they are away. The same technology is also being implemented in Appliances such as GE, Maytag and manufacturers of other industries. The power of controlling many different operations and programs in our lives, will be done from the palm of our hands. This kind of power depends on more than just speed. Circuit switching, modulation controls, Programmable Logic Controllers and other forms of intricate hardware, will all depend on the strenghth of what LTE and WiMAX equipment are designed to handle. Add in Entertainment programs such as gaming in real time from my home in NY with my friend in L.A. all on a tablet or phone. So much more in the pipeline of other areas, will utilize the design of 4G Technology.
Will I be satisfied with just speed as these things emerge? No.
While everyone is concerned with just speed, I always look to the future. And the future I see culminating, is not far off.
I expressed my concern to the ITU. Many of my colleagues also expressed the same concern. So did other carriers spending billions creating "New" networks. With the logistics involved with the next generation of communications, we feel the carriers trying to cop a free ride on loose definitions, should be clarified. If not, It will be the consumers who will lose by being snowed with corporate rhetoric.
How serious are you as a consumer? How serious are you about how technology legitimately evolves in effecting our lives?
I don't know about you, but I take it very seriously and I will not be satisfied with speed alone. If you're happy with just speed., that is fine, but I want what is coming very soon and so do my business customers who are more into just gaming speeds.