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January 20, 2012

New Mobile Standard to Appear From Global Radio Experts

Global radio experts just approved new standards involving radio communication technology that will give birth to a new mobile operating system that intends to push aside the old 4G standard, according to the International Telecommunication Union.

This new "IMT Advanced Spectrum" will allegedly bring faster services with higher quality than what was previously experienced by users. Francois Rancy, director of the ITU's radiocommunication bureau, said that "many of the global standards [in present] are [previous] recommendations adopted at the Radiocommunication Assembly." Rancy talks about the standard that was adopted as the "3G" radio spectrum about a decade ago.

"Many of the smartphones you have in your pockets are now an important result," Rancy continued, speaking about the recommendations from the Radiocommunication Assembly about 3G. "The IMT Advanced spectrum adopted this week provides a step forward in terms of quality and speed for mobile services."

This year, the new recommendations will be discussed in the World Radiocommunications Conference by ITU, according to Chairman of the Radiocommunication Assembly Alan Jamieson. The WRC will take place on Monday and will invite several key figures involved in pushing the 4G standard forward. "It is very important to the ITU and the member states and even more important to users," said Jamieson, when speaking about 4G. He adds that this kind of thing doesn't happen overnight and standards can take months to actually break through the planning and drafting stage.

Phone providers have already put the "4G" label on the standard that's going to be discussed, trying to catch the worm early. The "4G" label, however, isn't completely defined yet, according to the ITU, and there isn't a uniform standard defining the protocols that phones should follow.

The World Meteorological Organization worries that the hurry to adapt the new standard and use radio spectrum might put obstacles in the way of its observation work. In a statement, the organization said, "Weather forecasts, disaster warnings, and climate monitoring are all critically dependent on radio frequency bands which are used around the clock by meteorological services. Increasing pressure on the use of radio spectrum from wireless technology and other applications could hamper earth observations and efforts to understand and predict climate change."

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Miguel Leiva-Gomez is a professional writer with experience in computer sciences, technology, and gadgets. He has written for multiple technology and travel outlets and owns his own tech blog called The Tech Guy, where he writes educational, informative, and sometimes comedic articles for an audience that is less versed in technology.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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