Next Generation Mobile Networks and Technologies

Impact on Mobile Media

Authored by: Claudio Feijóo

The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415809474
eBook ISBN: 9780203434833
Adobe ISBN: 9781135949181


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Next generation mobile networks (NGMN) are regarded as the future—almost present—platform for ubiquitous broadband. They are also the next step in the evolution of mobile technologies from existing third generation (3G) networks. From a strict technological perspective NGMN encompasses fourth generation (4G) mobile technologies such as Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Mobile Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX; explained below), convergent technologies 1 such as femtocells and Wi-Fi, and short-range wireless data technologies such as near-field communications (NFC) completing a network of sensors and tags located on surrounding objects. In addition, new types of mobile devices, from smartphones to tablets, complement the infrastructures from the consumer equipment side. 2

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