4G refers to the fourth generation of cellular wireless standards. It is a successor to 3G and 2G standards, with the aim to provide a wide range of data rates up to ultra-broadband (gigabit-speed) Internet access to mobile as well as stationary users.
A 4G system is expected to provide a comprehensive and secure all-IP based solution where facilities such as IP telephony, ultra-broadband Internet access, gaming services and HDTV streamed multimedia may be provided to users.
The 4G data rates will vary depending on the number of channels that are available, and can be used. The channels that can be used will be cleaner thanks to technologies like adaptive processing, which detects interference on a channel and improves reception by actively switching channels to avoid interference.
The 4G plans are still years away, but transitioning from 3G to 4G should be seamless for customers because 4G will have evolved from 3G. Users won’t even have to get new phones.