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The Future of Mobile: is 4G LTE really replacing 2G and 3G?

Posted by Jennifer Shin on Feb 10, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Over the past twenty years, mobile telephony has made some remarkable strides, evolving from a low-quality, voice-only service to broadband IP data service available to almost anyone, anywhere with the right device. According to the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) -- the international consortium of mobile service providers promoting the standardization, deployment, and promotion of mobile telephony – just a short three years ago, approximately 75 percent of global wireless connections were 2G. In the intervening brief period of time, 3G rapidly follows, 4G LTE enters the scene and service becomes all about broadband mobile data. Interestingly, the GSMA is predicting that while growing numbers of US and European mobile subscribers are all about 4G LTE and data service, much of the rest of the world continues to build out 2G and 3G networks in an effort to quickly bring affordable mobile service to regions currently underserved by any telephone service.

Topics: mobile virtual network operator, mobile network operator, 4G LTE, 2G, 3G