Compare and contrast 3G wireless networks to 4G networks

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) developed the 3GPP Long-Term Evolution (LTE) standard for wireless communications technology. It is regarded as an evolution of the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM), the Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems (UMTS), and other standards. It is also known as the 4G LTE. The competition among the carriers to support 4G LTE networks has been very fierce as evidenced by TV commercials targeting smartphone users. Many smartphones run on 3G networks.

Write a four to five (4-5) page paper that:

  1. Compare and contrast 3G wireless networks to 4G networks in terms of:
    1. Services and application
    2. Network architecture
    3. Data throughput
    4. User perceptions
  2. Distinguish between the 4G LTE, 4G WiMax, and 4G WiBro networks based on:
    1. Upload and download speeds
    2. User perceptions
    3. Backward compatibility
    4. Service availability
  3. Identify why the competition between the 4G LTE carriers has been so fierce and

describe the benefits of this competition to the subscribers.

  1. In January 2012, Verizon stated that 4G LTE is available in 190 cities covering 200

million American subscribers. According to AT&T’s Website, they had plans for

covering 20 million Americans in 15 markets by end of 2011. Conclude why Verizon

is able to cover more markets than AT&T.

  1. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and

similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

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