G-force – with g, not G – is a well-known measure of acceleration or weight per unit mass. Interestingly, in telecoms 1-2-3-4-5G is a generational matter of acceleration or bandwidth. Each time, the question remains whether with new generational change true disruption will weigh in.
A Little History
1G once was known as AMPS, 2G as GSM, 2.5G as HSCSD and GPRS, 2.75G as EDGE, 3G as UMTS, 3.5G as HSPA, 3.9G as LTE, and 4G as LTE Advanced. Alas, all of these promising and much hyped generations have proven to be too slow. Now, there’s a new kid on the block: 5G or TBD which is memorably short for To Be Defined / Determined / Developed / Discussed / Done. [Read more...]