We are marching slowly but surely towards fourth generation mobile telephony. This spring, Ericsson announced the installation of the first area of LTE networks in Stockholm. This name applies to the technology that will establish the specifications of future very high speed connections.
The next step is now being taken with the development of USB devices to enable laptops to connect to the Swedish LTE network. That should be possible from March 2010.
The most important feature of the 4G is that it’s a fully IP-based integrated system. Moreover, 4G supports high data transmission speeds (not officially stated so far) that may reach 1Gbps which is 138 times more than the previous 3G with a speed of only 7.2 Mbps.
The South Korean company Samsung is working on the project directly with Ericsson and will supply the accessories, which are being labeled as 4G. However, in reality it might be more appropriate to describe this technology as "proto-4G". Indeed, the real next-generation mobile network is not expected to come into operation until the end of 2011.