Global - Mobile - 3G - Technical Issues (Archived)


By the early 2000s, the cellular industry had reached its peak of the growth phase of 2G system technologies. These digital systems, GSM, cdmaOne, PDC and TDMA/DAMPS (IS-136), have been primarily for voice service with limited data capability. This report discusses the introduction of 3G technologies, their difference from 2G, attempts to make standards around the world more uniform, and spectrum issues. For more recent information, see the reports in the Telecommunications Technologies Library section.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. The new network concept of 3G
    • 3.1 Not an adaptation of 2G
    • 3.2 3G more network flexibility and data services
    • 3.3 Increased user-friendliness
    • 3.4 Summary
  • 4. Creating a backhaul infrastructure
    • 4.1 Mobile networks not well suited for data
    • 4.2 Mobile networks hard to scale
    • 4.3 Point-to-multipoint backhaul methodology
    • 4.4 Significant cost savings
  • 5. Health concerns for 3G?
  • 6. Standards issues
    • 6.1 The lobby groups
    • 6.2 Unified standards
    • 6.3 The 3GPP partnership
    • 6.4 3GPP2
    • 6.5 Radicchio – standard for e-mobile security
  • 7. Spectrum allocations
    • 7.1 More capacity for 3G
  • 8. Related reports
  • Exhibit 1 – Operator’s Harmonisation Group

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)

Number of pages 9

Status Archived

Last updated 24 Mar 2004
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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