Over recent years mobile phones have rapidly evolved from being devices that simply allow users to make calls into devices that allow users to send texts or mails with the ability to access the internet or even play games.
Many years ago mobile phone networks in the UK were so slow they only allowed users to use their mobile phones for the most basic tasks, but with the building of faster and more powerful 3G networks a new generation of handsets has appeared with a whole range of capabilities.
According to reports from officials at one of largest mobile network providers in the US, Verizon Wireless, a new fourth generation or 4G network is due to be released at some point in 2013.
The viability of 4G services in some of the more rural areas, however, has been called into question by some technology professionals.
The head of the SEDA-Council of governments’ Information Technology Group, Jim Baker said that for some of the smaller rural communities there wouldn’t be enough users willing to pay for 4G services to make it worthwhile for providers.
He advised that in many case there wouldn’t be enough money to make it viable for providers even if everyone in a region took out the service. He added that because the network operators would never make a profit it would probably be a while before 4G networks were made available in these regions.
The provision of bigger bases for 3G wireless services in parts of the country that have little or no coverage, which is predominantly rural parts, should appear at the beginning of 2012 through smaller providers like Immix and Keystone Wireless.
Source – Daily Item