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4G defined: WiMax and LTE don't qualify

The ITU has given its stamp of approval only to the next versions of those technologies

By , IDG News Service
October 22, 2010 07:31 PM ET

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"There's more likely a fundamental step in the way in which technologies are used when you go through a ten-fold increase in performance," Marshall said.

Carriers probably won't deploy the next-generation technologies until 2014 or 2015, Marshall said. But that could be good timing, because it may take until then to shift voice calling over to data networks and update billing systems and other back-end infrastructure for the new technologies, he said.

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