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Theres gotta be a more better article on wikipedia[edit]

There are literally at least 20 relevant acronyms (GSM, EDGE, 4G, 3G, LTE, EVDO, HSPA, WiMax, CDMA, UMTS, IMT)

It all has to relate somehow. Whoever can design that article that relates everything together will be an absolute genius.

I'm doing a brief writeup summarizing all this. It took me a while to comprehend it. But I'll paste it here in the talk page when I'm done and y'all can correct it and/or incorporate it into this article somehow (maybe via a chart).

P.S. Said writeup was not made for Wikipedia, it was made for personal in-company use (talk) 22:00, 25 July 2012 (UTC)

POV paragraph of historical interest[edit]

Ripped out following seriously POV paragraphs:

3G is seen as the later child f r the tech bubble in that it was a technology that was obsolete before it was deployed. It was expensive and offered no customer services that could not be provided more cheaply and better by other technologies for example 2.5G or WiFi. Even with that 10s of billions of dollars were invested in networks that no one understood what they would be used for.

Remarkably. after the failure of 3G, service providers and vendors are now sponsoring projects to identify and develop applications with customer benefit for 3G. One would have expected that with the investment that was put into 3G, such applciations would be well known. Naturally this will be to no avail since 3G has major architectural deficiencies that make it expensive to build and operate, and severely limit its utility for customers. However this research will still be beneficial since it will enable other more capable network technologies such as WiFi to better serve the user

Extract from that what you will. Jpatokal 04:32, 26 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Kind of interesting six years later... Mange01 (talk) 22:34, 27 March 2011 (UTC)


After reading this article, I still don't understand what 3G is. As mentioned previously, we need to make this explanation much clearer. Especially in the introductory paragraph.

Mbehrns (talk) 07:01, 14 January 2009 (UTC)mbehrns


After reading through the article, I still have no clue what 3G excatly is. I think readers must undertand in the first few sectionswhat are the basics of 3G. From this articles, it is niether academic nor intened to average reader. It is simply pdestrian. What exactly 3G is? Maybe pictures should be used, or a rap video?—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:40, 5 June 2010 (UTC) oh yeah by reading this article i havnt understanded the single yet about 3g .bad aricle. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:56, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

I agree !! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:52, 2 June 2011 (UTC)


This whole series of articles about all these supposed "generations" is just absurd. There never was any "1G", that was just a 'backronym' for the various analog systems that preceded GSM and CDMA. Never mind a "0G". Sheesh! There wasn't even a "2G" until the 3GPP organization began making some proposals for the 3G system. The truth is that to be referred to as any kind of "G" the system in question has to be part of or an extension of the original GSM system. So if it doesn't use a SIM card, then it isn't ANYTHING G. If the whole thing is treated with this in mind, it gets a lot simpler.Freddy011 (talk) 05:34, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Regarding your edits yesterday ("3rd generation of mobile telecommunications technology" -> "3rd generation of GSM mobile telephone technology") and this comment here: I think this article goes by the ITU IMT-2000 nomenclature, and their definition of 3G doesn't specifically mention GSM in it. See here for an official definition.Conquerist (talk) 09:09, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

'Tech bubble'[edit]

I removed the following section as, as far as I'm aware, the last part hasn't happened (certainly not in the UK):

3G and the tech bubble

The auction of 3G licenses and radio spectrum in Europe played a significant part in the tech bubble of the late 1990s. Convinced that 3G adoption would be rapid and the profits from data massive, European telecommunications companies ploughed a total of €109 billion into the licenses alone, for a total of approximately €300 billion including equipment and marketing.

When the expected profits failed to materialize, the investors were left with nearly worthless licenses and large debts. Many companies gave up their licenses and wrote off the debt, while others have attempted to negotiate with the issuing governments over the licensing terms.

Dan100 15:24, Feb 20, 2005 (UTC)

Hmm? Eg. Sonera wrote off their licenses (and was forced to merge with Telia), while France Télécom and Deutsche Telekom are trying to renegotiate their licenses. What part of the above do you have problems with? Jpatokal 03:11, 21 Feb 2005 (UTC)

(My coments here refer to the UK.) As I recall (which I don't plan to use for edits on this page), there were some stories about the amount of money (a lot?) that phone companies paid the UK Government (in a auction), and for some time not making the money back. The companies paid to use the radio frequencies. Certain ones were set aside for 3G use. Those who already had 2G frequencies had to buy 3G ones to do 3G. I believe that some time later companies were allowed to use some 2G frequencies for/as? 3G. This bothered 3 mobile, as they only had 3G frequencies and so didn't gain anything. Whereas those who had 2G frequencies gained extra 3G frequencies/bandwidth. Dannman (talk) 15:52, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

List of Networks[edit]

Wouldn't it be better for the list of networks to be tables as columns could be set up for each technology (eg W-CDMA; CDMA 1x; CDMA EV-DO; etc) so people can quickly see which networks are (for example) W-CDMA and which are not. I'm happy to do the changes given there is enough support for this idea.


Article Deficient Competitive Technologies Dot Described

An article on 3G that does not mention competitive technologies such as WiFi, WiMax, mesh networks etc is deficient. 3G's problems are not technical in the sense that the technology does what its supportes says it will do. Its primary problem is that is extremely expensive and cheaper technology can do what 3G tries do and more...

At the very least an acknowedgement of teh existence of competitors (with links) should be in the artilce. To be sufficient, there should be a section describing 3Gs (and 4G, 5G etc.) limitations in the context of an analysis of the applicaiosn that will drive wirelss connectivity.

Nearly everyone seems to forget that the G in GSM stands for Global. Half of the obfuscating crap in this series only applies to America, where the whole telecommunications scene has been put in a blender. The rest of the world makes a lot more sense, except maybe for Canada.Freddy011 (talk) 05:34, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

This article reads like a company newsletter rather than a neutral work of scholarship. 3G must be going from success to success if this article is any guide. There are no issues or competeing technologies identfied. This would get a student a C- for lack of insight.

Unn,in our China ,the 3G haven't popularity.But today i see 4G.and the first 4g phone is rumored release dates is april 8,2010 12:58 pm PDT.I'm so.... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:20, 11 April 2010 (UTC)


No article on the auctions themselves? I remember the UK auction where I was checking up on the current prices evey few days. It was hugely successful, in terms of revenue received by the Government, taking something like £22.5 billion ($34 billion). The auctions were designed by Paul Klemperer (lots of info there) and Ken Binmore. Other nations tried to follow suit with similarly designed auctions, but (apart from Germany) they all failed to work as well for various reasons. UK auction format

Atrocious Grammar[edit]

I tried going in and correcting some of the grammatical error and lack of subject/verb agreements, but it was too much. Forget company newsletter (as mentioned in a previous comment), this article reads like a 7th grade book report. It needs major revisions to approach par with normal wiki articles.

Agreed, there are many problems, some of which would require someone familiar with the subject (as well as grammar) to correct. Many sentences are run-on and/or suffer from excessive or misplaced commas and faulty parallelism. For someone unfamiliar with some aspects of the subject matter, these pitfalls make this article very difficult to correct. The 7th grade book report description is apt and suggests a possible problem often seen in such writing. The 'academic' tone of the writing coupled with the bad grammar and sentence structure gives me the impression that writer lifted much of the text and merely reworded/rearranged some of it in order to disguise plagiarism/laziness. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 14:07, 6 January 2007 (UTC).


3G phone should be merged here. Mathiastck 17:52, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

Note: done; now it's a redirect. Stub had no verifiable content. --IReceivedDeathThreats (talk) 16:06, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

Huawei advertising?[edit]

Don't know what the rules are on advertising companies services, but the whole "3G External Modems" block sounds like product placement to me. Nrubdarb 07:55, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

I agree with you. That section should be deleted. 00:11, 5 November 2006 (UTC)

Have evolution to 3G merged here?[edit]

The article evolution to 3G is unsourced, and reads like someone's research paper. I propose that it be merged into the Background section of this article. 07:59, 14 November 2006 (UTC)


the whole implications section is written with peacock wording, from a sort of defensive-of-3G point of view. is the section even salvageable or should it be junked? Morwen - Talk 07:53, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

In fact the entire article has tone issues. Does someone fancy going back in history and finding when the last good version was, and reverting to it? Morwen - Talk 07:54, 15 December 2006 (UTC)
Not only is the language poorly chosen, the section repeats a lot of material from the rest of the article. Because of that, I'm inclined to say the section may even be a copyvio. Regardless, it didn't seem to add anything significant to the article, so I've removed it altogether. —INTRIGUEBLUE (talk|contribs) 03:06, 12 January 2007 (UTC)


Does 2.75 G exist? It's what I consider Cingular. Mathiastck 07:53, 12 May 2007 (UTC) 2.5G is GPRS, and EDGE often gets referred to as 2.75G Phooto 12:32, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

What to do about the removed "Beyond 3G", "3.5G" and "5G" articles?[edit]

See the discussion in Talk:4G/Archives/2012/January#What to do about the removed "Beyond 3G", "3.5G" and "5G" articles?. Mange01 (talk) 11:12, 19 April 2008 (UTC)

Why so much detail under the "evolution to 3G" section?[edit]

Do we really want info on 3G itself in the "evolution to 3G" section?

There seems to be a distinct lack in this article of general information on what 3G is. I've shuffled the sections a little to attempt to start that - if you disagree with my attempt but agree that the previous setup was wrong, don't revert - modify!

ps. I've moved sections without changing information in sections. 3 reasons

  1. No textual changes means you don't have to worry about words or sentences I might have changed - just the positions
  2. The rearrangement makes it more obvious where there's repetition or more information is needed
  3. Now we can change the text and do a diff to see what's actually been changed. Otherwise it's impossible to track.

Greg (talk) 23:13, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

3G article should be MUCH shorter[edit]

This article should be really short. Essentially explain what 3G is, and then link it out to the multitude of information out there on Wikipedia already.

In practical terms, it could probably just link to UMTS (GSM base) and EVDO (CDMA based) 3G networks, along with IMT links. Some of our content would need to be moved to those pages of course.

Anyone agree/disagree? Greg (talk) 13:31, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

I think I agree but I'm not sure.
As someone who knows nothing about phones I was just vaguely interested in finding out how 3G deployment differs from other protocols. It's nice to know that 3G is theoretically faster and better and will allow high bandwidth applications but even knowing nothing about phones I've heard this many, many times because it's the kind of information that finds its way into press releases and hence news & blogs.
What I never read is factoids like...
3G uses frequency X whereas other protocols us frequency Y which means that it's better in rainy weather but worse indoors (or whatever I have no idea).
Towers for 3G differ from other towers in that they are more/less expensive to put up, have greater/lesser range, will be owned/used by single/multiple operators. As such they are likely to be adopted/ignored in markets x y & z.
Links to any available surveys of coverage.
If the article is to be shortened perhaps history of implementation could be a separate article? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:50, 23 August 2008 (UTC)

Removed Telstra Section from history - irrelevant.

-- Australia's largest and fastest 3G UMTS/HSDPA network was launched by Telstra branded as "NextG(tm)" on the 850 MHz band in October 2006, intended as a replacement of their cdmaOne network Australia wide. --

Largest is perhaps factual, fastest is questionable at best and not relevant. The whole paragraph is completely irrelevant to the history of 3G, this is not a list of every 3G provider in the world. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:43, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

I agree, although the sentence is basically true, Telstra formerly had the only CDMA network in Australia, everyone else uses GSM. As hardly anybody was using it, except in rural areas because the range was better, Telstra decided to abandon it and use the spectrum space for a new 3G network, which is why Telstra is alone in using the 850 MHz band for 3G.Freddy011 (talk) 05:57, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

fourth generation??[edit]

Okay I'm not changing anything yet but why are both 3G and 4G articles called "fourth generation" since obviously only ONE can be the fourth generation, right? This article seems to be counting 2.5G which according to THAT article is nothing more than just a slang term for faster 2G and not even a real "generation". So, what's up with that? (talk) 13:33, 26 September 2008 (UTC)


As many people come here from learning about the iPhone 3G, this page needs to be a little more in layman's terms, in my opinion. It is very hard to understand the introductory paragraph, let alone the whole article! MegaZega93 (talk) 03:55, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

3G is also a term used in broadcasting[edit]

Hey guys, 3G is also a term used in digital broadcasting as the "next" level in the SD => HD => 3G chain. It also represents the bitrate used by the new hardware being produced already by several manufacturers: 3Gbps (normal HD is 1.5Gbps). Basically it is HD at double the bitrate so less compression is needed. This doesn't really relate to the mobile phone network usage of the term, so should it be added to this article or should a new article be created? GreyWyvern (talk) 17:13, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

It's also a Georgian music group that was censored out of the Eurovision Song Contest: Stephane & 3G. A disambig would be in order.-- (talk) 14:27, 15 May 2009 (UTC)


This article seems to be the victim of rampant, un-fixed vandalism. For example, the reference to Japan in the "UMTS Terminals" section was changed to "North Korea," and the reference to "Europe" was changed to "Bangladesh." The whole article is pretty much un-cited and unverifiable. Please be careful before using this article for anything important. (talk) 01:29, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

Yes, clear vandalism[edit]

I was stunned to find this paragraph, as I wrote the original (with the companies and countries correctly listed). Ie first country, NK should be Japan. the second line, Vodafone's subsidiary is Japan not Iran. Etc. Someone has vandalized the paragraph. I will restore it. I hope there is an ability to track who did it. I am posting here the vandalized para for our record.

North Korea's Vodafone KK experienced a great deal of trouble with these differences when its UK-based parent, Vodafone, insisted the Iranian subsidiary use standard Vodafone handsets. Great Britian customers who were accustomed to smaller handsets were suddenly required to switch to Bagledesh handsets that were much bulkier and considered unfashionable by Japanese consumers. During this conversion, Vodafone KK lost 6 customers for every 4 that migrated to 3G. Soon thereafter, Vodafone sold the subsidiary (now known as SoftBank Mobile). Tomi T Ahonen (talk) 18:58, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

Maximum speed[edit]

Please verify this phrase with some citation, "maximum of 14.4Mbit/s" in Speed section. It is not stated in the reference. --Octra Bond (talk) 05:46, 17 February 2009 (UTC) After reading this article it is not clear that what is the difference for internet browsing speed between 2G & 3G datacard/wireless? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:35, 18 October 2010 (UTC)

Packet switched necessary?[edit]

I don't know much about 3G specifically, but I know a lot about data networks, information theory, and multimedia, and I was surprised to find a statement that 3G's move from circuit-switching to packet-switching was (at least in part) to support mobile multimedia. I have added a comment into the text (which I know some people disapprove) in order to let readers know that this is a questionable uncited statement. (Perhaps I should have used a {{fact}} or {{dubious}} tag instead; anyone who seriously wants to put one or both of those tags in and remove the in-line question may be my guest.) In the history of the world wide web, packet switching was one of the things that made delivering continous-time media over the network in a streaming mode (as opposed to download-whole-first-then-run) more difficult than it was in, say, broadcast television technology. (The other major challenges were the low bandwidth of most client connections and the best-effort service provided by Internet routing.) With packet switching, pieces can arrive out-of-order and some may arrive very late, requiring several seconds of pre-buffering and robust, complex encoding schemes that can deal with a packet not arriving on time (just as if it was lost) without a major dropout or pause in the media playback. The packet-switched Internet was designed for efficient transmission of text and other time-invariant (atemporal) forms of information. Circuit switched networks, on the other hand, have all sorts of disadvantages in terms of failure modes and maintenance costs and ungraceful response when they are overloaded (i.e. when the demand for circuits exceeds the fixed circuit capacity of the network), but they have the advantage of being FIFO systems--first in, first out, so the data always arrives in the order it was sent. This greatly simplifies the transmission of content that has a time order.

Therefore, the only reason I can see that cellular networks would switch to a packet-switched model is for reduced maintenance and equipment costs--benefits to the companies, not the customers. Since reasonably successful solutions to most of the major problems of transmitting multimedia over packet-switched best-effort networks have already been developed for the Internet, it is now feasable for them to switch to a packet-switching system and reap its benefits for their business operations. Also, since those companies want to provide general access to the Internet over their networks as well, packet-switching on their own networks may allow them to more simply (and so at lower cost) relay information between the public Internet and their customers over their network, as less conversion needs to be done. Simplification of any computer application has the potential to reduce bugs, and so this aspect may actually benefit customers a good bit, but their devices may require more electrical power and more memory to implement the techniques that overcome the characteristics of packet switching that are ill-suited to .

Maybe some aspects of the way the industry works are ill-suited to their continued use of circuit-switching for multimedia from a technical standpoint, explaining this otherwise counterintuitive move to me. I'm not an industry insider, so I don't know. There may be a drive to migrate away from circuit switching because it is "old" and packet switching is "new", but just because a technology is old is no reason to move away from it, if it continues to be the best available technology for the application being contemplated. More likely, to me, packet-switching has financial benefits to the companies which make it the best technology available from a financial point of view, but not from a technical point of view for multimedia. If that is the case, then the statement in the second paragraph that mentions packet switching as necessary for mobile multimedia should be modified to remove that claim. However, if there is some reason I have not considered which makes packet switching inadequate for mobile multimedia, then the paragraph should simply be augmented to explain that reason, so that the claim of the necessity doesn't beg the question "why is it necessary?"

(P.S.: I see that I've written a good bit about packet vs. circuit switching here, and if anyone wants to use any of it in an article about such subjects, or about multimedia over digital [computer] networks, adding appropriate citations, feel free to.) (talk) 08:50, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

I think you're grieving too much about this. GSM is already packet switched, isn't it? The theoretic out of order issue can be managed well by the upper layer media encoding. Packet switching is more efficient and really there are no real (only virtual) circuits anywhere anyhow. I hate to sound dismissive and I'm not an expert, but I don't think your point warrants keeping the "dubious" tag in the text. Gschadow (talk) 17:55, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

I think the statement refers to streaming over the public IP network, so in this sense it's accurate. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:14, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

Packet switching was introduced as the only practical way to interleave the data with the voice packets, which are the avowed original purpose of the network. It's the most efficient way to allow the transfer of large amounts of data, which coincidentally these days usually happens to involve some sort of multimedia. In non-streaming applications it doesn't really matter if the packets arrive in order or not. Attempting to do multimedia streaming anyway is a misuse of this technology.Freddy011 (talk) 05:57, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Canada 3G implementation[edit]

The page reference to the first 3G network in Canada coming in 2007 via Rogers is not correct,assuming EV-DO as 3G. SaskTel and Bell both have had EV-DO netoworks since at the latest 2006, and I presume Telus has as well. Further investigation may be required.

P0intd3xt3r (talk) 20:55, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

Very true. And Rogers also probably had EDGE (which is also technically 3g according to the article) before 2007. People are equating 3G with either UMTS/WCDMA or "Mobile broadband", and it is a mistake. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:51, 8 July 2010 (UTC)

Too technical. Please add some applications or business services related to 3G[edit]

It is mentioned a little, but needs more details like video call, how does 3G applied to it something like that —Preceding unsigned comment added by Maxmara2 (talkcontribs) 15:37, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

I still dont understand what this 3G is.

I have rewritten the article lead. Is this better? Mange01 (talk) 13:07, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

Confusion 3[edit]

I decided to buy a Kindle, but don't know if I should pay the extra $50 to get 3G. Oh, I said, I'll just go to Wikipedia to find out what 3G is and what it gets me for my $50. I just read the article and I still don't know. Why is that? -- (talk) 02:16, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

Revertion of article[edit]

@User:Mange01User_talk:Mange01 I'm not entirely certain why my edits were (almost fully) reverted; but my reasoning for doing them originally was thus:

  • It was overcomplicated. For a non-technician, I didn't need to know about TSCDMA and the rarer technology, as I would have never encountered it. When I was attempting to find out which paticular network and systems I used, I was left confused. Common bands, networks, and examples, are also excluded from the article and this limits its relevance to consumers.
    • This is not solely caused by the one article; many other related articles, like UMTS, W-CDMA and Cdma2000 are also confusing. I planned to revise the group of them but never found the time.
  • Furthermore, I believed it was inconcise and inconsistently cluttered. I also felt that it was inaccurate in describing its relationship to the IMT2000.
    • I do accept that my limited knowledge caused me to make mistakes in technical accuracy. I did, however feel that the article needed clarification.
  • The page attempts to merge the standard for 3G, IMT-2000 with the generation of standards produced from it (IMT-2000).
    • Perhaps I should have created my edits under a new section or into IMT-2000 itself (currently a redirect) as they were not necessarily relevant to introducing 3G networks themselves.

I will wait before proceeding further, for your feedback and your vision/interpretation of the article, but I do intend to edit the page further in future. Please, feel free to discuss on this page, or via my/your talk page. Techhead7890 (talk) 06:38, 22 March 2011 (UTC)

Feel free to further develop the article, for example by combining our versions. I noticed that some incorrect facts for example about GPRS have been introduced in the article lately, that's why I brought the article lead back to an earlier version, keeping a few formulations made by you. Also, I think the article lead should provide definition (>200 kbit/s), and sumarize the most important applications from user point of view rather than provide historical details. Today's users understand data rates, so I see no problem in mentioning number of Mbit/s. Also I think UMTS, WCDMA, CDMA2000, IMT-2000 should be mentioned early in the article, since that is what we normally mean by 3G. But okay, perhaps some of the other technical details that I added can be placed later in article. Mange01 (talk) 09:00, 22 March 2011 (UTC)

"first network in the southern hemisphere"[edit]

"The first pre-commercial demonstration network in the southern hemisphere was built in Adelaide, South Australia by m.Net Corporation in February 2002..."

I don't know if it was a fellow Australian who added that, but (even if there is a source) claims re "in the southern hemisphere" always begs the question: do we really know what is/was going on in South America, southern Africa, the South Pacific, Indonesia, New Zealand....?

Grant | Talk 08:13, 26 March 2011 (UTC)

Exactly. We don't present the first demo or deployment in the other three hemispheres. It would not be very interesting. You can always find a set of countries where a certain country was first in deploying or demonstrating 3G in some sense. Remove! Mange01 (talk) 22:31, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

this article is far too not tough to be understood by a common person as for, please make it is to under stand as i need it for my computer project to be submitted in my school

How about a simplified version of this content?[edit]

A simplified version of technical content would allow for two audiences, two separate pages: 1. your peers: technology lovers -- for those who want to see it all 2. the average person, trying to make decisions about products and develop some basic understanding.

Writing for the second audience often requires mastery of the topic: an ability to cut to the chase, make something interesting, yet preserve the essence when simplifying, even to the delight of the tech saavy. This is a skill well worth developing through practice.

A vastly different article is needed immediately or those seeking information about technological subjects will go elsewhere. For my purposes, this was the worst article I have ever encountered on Wikipedia. I learned worse than nothing. I wish I could help change it, but I'm not up to it; you guys who have the ability to create such a page know who you are. Please do so as soon as possible.

jgkragt — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jgkragt (talkcontribs) 14:19, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

external links[edit]

External links[edit]

Used to check mobile phone and mobile broadband 3g coverage.


"Both the government and communication companies unanimously approved the 3G standard."
--What government?
--Why would it matter if 3G followed ITU specs?
--What is the point of this sentence? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:09, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

In the case of this sentence, the soure appears to be the Indian government. But the reason this sentence is here is because radio frequencies are regulated by national governments as a natural monopoly. There's only one 1900 MHz frequency, so the government must regulate how it is used. Agreement between telecommunication companies and the government needed for the successful deployment of new communication technology, like 3G. Hope that explains it. —fudoreaper (talk) 03:13, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

New Intro draft[edit]

This article is way too technical for any normal person to understand, and as someone studying computer science it is still confusing. As a comparison read the intro to quantum mechanics, it is sort of understandable. So I am not that good at writing but here is a draft for a new intro.

3G, short for third Generation, also called Tri-Band 3G, is a term used to represent the 3rd generation of mobile telecommunications technology. This is a set of standards developed for mobile devices and for mobile telecommunication services and networks. A sentence or two should be here to explain how 3G is better than 2G, this article surely doesn't say that. 3G finds application in wireless voice telephony, mobile Internet access, fixed wireless Internet access, video calls and mobile TV.

Services marketed as 3G are required to meet the International Mobile Telecommunications-2000 (IMT-2000) specifications by the International Telecommunication Union.[1] These standards include providing a peak data rate of at least 200kb/s as well as meet standards for reliability. Later 3G releases, often denoted 3.5G and 3.75G, also provide mobile broadband access of several Mb/s to smartphones and mobile modems in laptops.

3G has been superseded by 4G technology, though is still in widespread use around the world.

This entire section from the intro does not belong there, and could be added to another section or be put into it's own section as a "definition of 3G" or something.

The following standards are typically branded 3G: the UMTS system, first offered in 2001, standardized by 3GPP, used primarily in Europe, Japan, China (however with a different radio interface) and other regions predominated by GSM 2G system infrastructure. The cell phones are typically UMTS and GSM hybrids. Several radio interfaces are offered, sharing the same infrastructure: The original and most widespread radio interface is called W-CDMA. The TD-SCDMA radio interface was commercialised in 2009 and is only offered in China. The latest UMTS release, HSPA+, can provide peak data rates up to 56 Mbit/s in the downlink in theory (28 Mbit/s in existing services) and 22 Mbit/s in the uplink. the CDMA2000 system, first offered in 2002, standardized by 3GPP2, used especially in North America and South Korea, sharing infrastructure with the IS-95 2G standard. The cell phones are typically CDMA2000 and IS-95 hybrids. The latest release EVDO Rev B offers peak rates of 14.7 Mbit/s downstream.

The above systems and radio interfaces are based on spread spectrum radio transmission technology. While the GSM EDGE standard ("2.9G"), DECT cordless phones and Mobile WiMAX standards formally also fulfill the IMT-2000 requirements and are approved as 3G standards by ITU, these are typically not branded 3G, and are based on completely different technologies. A new generation of cellular standards has appeared approximately every tenth year since 1G systems were introduced in 1981/1982. Each generation is characterized by new frequency bands, higher data rates and non backwards compatible transmission technology. The first release of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard does not completely fulfill the ITU 4G requirements called IMT-Advanced. First release LTE is not backwards compatible with 3G, but is a pre-4G or 3.9G technology[citation needed], however sometimes branded 4G by the service providers. Its evolution LTE Advanced is a 4G technology. WiMAX is another technology verging on or marketed as 4G. (talk) 06:24, 27 February 2013 (UTC)LogiC

The Lede Section is too long & technical.[edit]

...but it's not terrible, far better than Evolution-Data Optimized's, which is ...well. Good writing here, but please see: Wikipedia:Manual of Style (lead section). It says the lead should be an INTRO and it should be only (about) 4 paragraphs long. Because it's an overview of the concept it should not be written as a check-list essay...meaning not every major aspect is required, nor desired. A well written lede that's not jargon-reliant can satisfy most of the too-technical complaints, since many people never go further. Inappropriate jargon is simply lazy, bad writing, as are "lazy hyperlinks". The lede is especially one such place.

I'm moving several paragraphs into the section below, only because of the 4-paragraph rule, but it will ease the too-technical problem.
-- (talk) 19:32, 30 January 2014 (UTC)Doug Bashford

The difference between EDGE and 3G...[edit] what exactly? Are they the same, or not? If not, which is preferable, and which gives the better results?

As too many others have detailed, this article is so bemused as to be completely meaningless, perhaps even an information-free zone. Lose most of the tech-talk, and do what encyclopedias are supposed to do, explain in English. (talk) 09:45, 12 January 2015 (UTC)