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May 31, 2003

Heralding the arrival of 4G

4G mobile telelcom technologies combine Wi-Fi-style Internet access with the blanket coverage, and fewer base-stations, of a mobile network, says The Economist. And companies like IPWireless, Flarion, Navini, ArrayComm and Broadstorm are offering them to operators as a way to make money out of existing 3G licenses.

"Such 4G wireless-broadband systems can be seen in two ways: as a rival to Wi-Fi that offers wider coverage, or as a wireless alternative to the cable and digital subscriber-line (DSL) technologies that now provide broadband access to homes and offices. Mostly, the wireless operators evaluating 4G see it as the first, and fixed-line telecoms operators as the second," the article adds.

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