I have been trying to share my thought on the Next Generation Technology for mobile telephony but have in someway fought the restriction. However, this would just be a tip of the iceberg. The history of telephony started with mechanical devices for transmitting spoken words over a greater distance than that of normal speech. And then came the electromagnetic telephones. This history is dated back to the 16th & 17th century.
From this a whole lot of modern devices where invented as long as technology evolved till we got to what we know now as mobile telephony or the technology called Global System for Mobile Communications, originally Groupe Spécial Mobile (GSM). Initially it was only voice that could be transmitted but when some people where debating on how it wont work then came data transmission.
Then the age of voice & data transmission also evolved with time and technology and they were more feets to conquer. It then became a question of quality of service, value added services and then data speed., just to mention a few. Before we knew it standards kept changing, benchmark kept moving and those (telephone operators) who were able to move fast moved very fast. We had 2nd Generation Networks, 3rd Generation Networks and now 4th Generation Network.
Along this major milestones where differnt derivaties. And all major services in telephony (voice & data) were and are still being transmitted over these technology. But may I say that even as we stand 4G which can be said to be todays technology have a very wide spectrum. You can call it LTE (Long Term Evolution) or IMS (IP multimedia Subsytem) all are still technology under mobile telephony.
At the moment, very few Networks in the world actually run the Next Generation Technology as most Mobile device do not support this technology. At the moment, I can count only three mobile device vendors who have started the sale of 4G mobile devices for both voice and data transmission.
There is much to be said about this technology and its delivery and the components evolved. I might as well start a series on what we should expect; the good, the bad and the ugly of the Next Generation Technology.