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3G

(3rd Generation) The third version of a product or system. For example, the previous generation of cellular transmission is 3G, which features moderately high speed for Internet access compared to the very sluggish 2G systems. In the U.S., the major 3G technologies are EV-DO for CDMA networks, such as used by Verizon and Sprint, and HSPA for GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile.

Although 4G LTE technology has been widely deployed, carriers maintain their 3G networks for compatibility with the millions of older 3G cellphones in use. See cellular generations, 3G + Wi-Fi, EV-DO, HSPA and LTE.


The Network Makes a Difference
These earlier iPhone speed tests were taken at the same time in 2009 using AT&T's slower 2G EDGE (E) network and its faster 3G network. Speed is based on the network technology and number of active users in the cell.
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"So up to now the RTA controls 330 signalised junctions in Dubai using the 3G technology, and the remaining number of light signals (about 500) will be linked with the Control Center via 3G network by the end of March 2015.
Of the 830 signalised traffic junctions 330 are already equipped with 3G technology, allowing remote access from the control centre.
All this can only happen if cell phone users are equipped with the right tools to make full use of 3G technology. Pakistan has 120 million mobile users, out of which only 10 per thanks to the service providers.
We will make sure that our customers enjoy the benefits of 3G technology and will provide them with our best technological support", Mr Aziz further added It is hoped that next generation mobile services will enable higher GDP growth and introduce more innovative services, more employment and an uplift in country's socio-economic condition.
"Since 2007, the Afghan telecom sector has made many achievements so far and credit for the switch to GSM standards and introduction of 3G technology is the result of these efforts," he said.
The committee, which met here with Muhammad Idrees Khan Safi in the chair, was informed that the Information Technology and Telecom had notified the constitution of an advisory committee, which would finalise a policy directive for the auction of 3G technology. The committee would be headed by the Minister of Finance.
While 3G technology is a relatively new development in Turkey, having only been introduced in 2008, it has expanded very quickly.
"We are delighted to introduce 3G technology to Roshan's six million and counting customers, expanding access to data-rich products and converged solutions to meet their needs," said Karim Khoja, CEO of Roshan.
Following the conference, Alfa representatives gave demonstrations of mobile phone video conferencing and live-stream TV using 3G technology, both of which worked well.
However, the country is behind its neighbors in the telecom sector partly due to the delay of rolling out 3G technology.
He said that 4G is an improvement on the standards set by 3G technology and that only five countries in the world have launched commercial trails.
The company said that the communication platform based on Qualcomm's (Nasdaq:QCOM) 3G technology will enable it to offer an integrated, over-the-air application portfolio for the smart grid.