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CIS 500 Assignment 2 4G Wireless Networks
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Assignment 2 4G Wireless Networks

 The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) developed the 3GPP LongTerm Evolution (LTE) standard for wireless communications technology. It is regarded as an evolution of the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM), the Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems (UMTS), and other standards. It is also known as the 4G LTE. The competition among the carriers to support 4G LTE networks has been very fierce as evidenced by TV commercials targeting smartphone users. Many smartphones run on 3G networks.


Write a four to five (45) page paper in which you

  1. Compare and contrast 3G wireless networks to 4G networks in terms of
    1. Services and applications
    2. Network architecture
    3. Data throughput
    4. User perceptions
    5. Distinguish between the 4G LTE, 4G WiMax, and 4G WiBro networks based on
      1. Upload and download speeds
      2. User perceptions
      3. Backward compatibility
      4. Service availability
    6. Identify why the competition between the 4G LTE carriers has been so fierce and describe the benefits of this competition to the subscribers.
    7. In January 2012, Verizon stated that 4G LTE is available in 190 cities covering 200 million American subscribers. According to AT&T’s Website, they had plans for covering 20 million Americans in 15 markets by end of 2011. Conclude why Verizon is able to cover more markets than AT&T.
    8. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources. You may use the resources above or others of your choosing.


Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with oneinch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or schoolspecific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.


The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are

  • Compare and contrast the strategic and operational use of data management systems.
  • Describe the use of network management, Web, wireless, and mobility technologies.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in information systems and technology.
    • Write clearly and concisely about topics related to information systems for decision making using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.
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Compare and Contrast 3G and 4G Wireless Networks
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Compare and Contrast 3G and 4G Wireless Networks   The comparison of 3G and 4G wireless networks can be broken down into four main areas of concern when deciding on the more future-oriented 4G compared to the more established 3G network. The first areas examined are service and applications. Third-generation (3G) networks consist of CDMA 2000, UMTS, WCDMA, and various others. Fourth-generation (4G) technologies include WiMAX, HSPA+21/42, and LTE, of which many consider LTE to be the only “true” 4G network (Segan, 2013). The introduction of 3G technologies heralded a wide range of possibilities to include the ability for user to wirelessly stream audio, video, visual calling and conferencing, and various mobile multimedia functions to include more streamlined E-mail and general web browsing, online banking, basic video games on demand, mobile TV, and location-based services (4Gon Solutions, 2012). 4G application offerings include four main categories: Localized/Personalized Information, Communications, Organizational, and Entertainment (M-Indya, 2012). Localized/Personalized Information applications will offer users the ability to browse various news outlets, more accurate and improved locational servicers, more enhance mobile commerce (i.e. mobile check depositing, investment services), along with various travel services such as flight, hotel, and rental car accommodations as well as public transportation tracking information. The communications applications offered include greatly enhanced versions of short messaging service (SMS), e-mail capabilities, and video messaging experiences. Organizational applications include location-based interactive calendars and alerts such as Apple Inc.’s Push Notification Service, and cloud-based to do lists. Finally, entertainment applications are wide-ranging and can include music streaming via mobile radio applications (e.g. Pandora, Spotify), video streaming applications (e.g. Netflix, Hulu), gaming, and more capable video chatting.   While many of the same services and applications between 3G and 4G may indeed be very similar, within the network architecture lies some major differences. 3G architecture still uses the somewhat antiquated wide area cell-based network with the same circuit and packet switching design subsystem that has been used for some time now in telephone systems. This system tends to rely heavily on satellite connections that in turn communicate with telecommunication towers scattered throughout an area. This includes various processes and subsequent delays including the routing of data from a cell site to a centralized switching office that in turn can impede resources until the connection ceases. On the other hand, 4G networks are hybrid systems consisting of the integration of both LAN (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) and the wide area cell-based network that 3G offers (Mobileinfo.com, 2011). 4G technologies do not contain the same circuit subsystem present in 3G rather they are completely digital with a packetized Internet Protocol (IP) and voice. With the abandonment of circuit switching even for voice and video calls, mobile companies will be able to condense more conversations and data into the same bandwidth as used in 3G (Kumar, et al, 2013).   The next major difference between these two technologies is the variation in their data throughputs or the rate of successful delivery across a network. With 3rd generation networks the data throughput is up to approximately 3.1 Mbps averag...
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