1G, 2G, 3G, 4G: The evolution of wireless generations

1G, 2G, 3G, 4G: The evolution of wireless generations
From the roots of analog based first generation service (1G) to today’s truly broadband-ready LTE networks (now accepted as 4G), the wireless industry is on a path that promises some great innovation in our future.

Technology from manufacturers is advancing at a stunning rate and the wireless networking is tying our gadgets together with the services we demand. In just the past 10 years, we have seen an astonishing evolution of wireless service we use every day.

With the exponential evolution, there has been equally exponential growth in use of the services, taking advantage of the recently available bandwidth around the world. This year, we saw data usage around the globe exceed 1 exabyte in a month. 1EB is the same as 1 billion gigabytes, 1,000,000,000GB. That is a lot of data no matter who is using it.

It should surprise no one that the smartphone revolution is fueling this growth, and by 2017, half of all mobile devices in the world will be smartphones. The key to keeping users happy is network performance and good value for the money.

From the looks of it, we are on track to seeing continued network performance improvements and increasingly easier access to smartphones as developing markets hop on the bandwagon.

sources: CommScope via BGR



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012


17. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Still missing those days that we had 1G.

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I'm not. Think 10 years from now 4g LTE A and todays smartphones would be considered complete crap and slow.

24. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

ah yes, the nokia 5110.. With the atena sticking out, green screen black text. snake games, 160 characters limit, expensive call.

27. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

especially those classic NOKIA phones when u can custom putting different color front casing

2. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I knew you guys could do it. A very informative article.

29. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

now, if only wireless co's had data plans/pricing to match...

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

How do you keep smartphone users happy? 19% network performance. *COUGH COUGH* SPRINT *COUGH COUGH*

8. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

There is nothing wrong with Sprint. they are the best out there. I know this from the recording when I call Sprint customer care 3 times a week because of overcharging me on my bill or hours of no service.

9. HASHTAG unregistered

Sprint is the best out there? LMAO! I'm a Sprint customer as well and can't tell you how awful they are. And for you to have to call them 3 times a week, is that suppose to be a good thing?

11. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

sorry. I should have ended that with a notice of sarcasm. I've been trying to get out with out paying termination fees. but I don't think they will give in.

18. HASHTAG unregistered

My bad. I'd probably would've gotten your sarcasm if I wasn't so sick today. Lol. Headache and all. If I were you, I would just cancel and pay the term fee. That's what I doing Tuesday. Already ordered my phone from AT&T. Yeah, it will suck paying the term fee, but at the end it'll be worth it.

16. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The rest of us got your sarcasm. Unfortunately, not everyone understands (or appreciates) sarcasm ... lol


Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 01, 2009

what i can say about sprint is there 3g speeds have improved 2 fold in my area (2.0mbdl) and the other day i got a 4g icon pop up. the speeds werent anything to talk about. about the same as 3g but it will improve once they add backhaul. they have great voice coverage always did.

4. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

Never trust anything from bgr, that place reeks

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It's from Commscope, so unless BGR is lying about it being from Commscope, this isn't from BGR.

6. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

5G what will be the running guy doing ? Superman ?

10. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

well since China is starting to flood the market and take over, I think it should be something in honor of them... how about a rickshaw for 5g?

21. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

5G would be someone driving a car or motorcycle. 6G would be a sports car, 7G would be a train 8G would be an airplae, 9G would be a Jett 10G would be a Space ship.

22. GeekMovement unregistered

well it would be nice if we actually had coverage... i'm looking at you, Sprint.

28. captivater

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

What's with the name-calling towards Sprint. It's really simple, stop paying. When they see there is no additional commerce to be squeezed out of their business model, they will reform. Prime example: AOL. Much of their revenue was coming from people born in the 40s who are still paying for dial-up service with free email. Cha Ching. Even the geezers are wising up.

23. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

my country is still stuck on 2g

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