Daren W. from Canlubang, Laguna DM'd TP this query via Twitter yesterday:
"Hi TP, what is 4G? Is 4G already available in the Philippines? Where can I avail of the service?"
4G, the successor to 3G and 2G connectivity, simply refers to the fourth (4th) generation of wireless standards. The 4G branded Mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e-2005) mobile wireless broadband access standard offers peak data rates of 128 Mbit/s downlink and 56 Mbit/s uplink over 20 MHz wide channels.* via wiki. 4G WiMax supercedes 3G HSDPA as the fastest broadband technology currently available to the world. As such, we can expect 4G to deliver true wired speeds without wires.
Here's a diagram courtesy of MobileWhack showing trends in wireless standards, moving from CDMA [in the US vs. GSM in the Philippines] all the way to 4G:
Watch this video to learn more about WiMax; its history and capabilities:
Daren, 4G is now available in the Philippines. Thanks to Wi-Tribe WiMax and Globe WiMax (click on links for store locations and contact details of both companies).
Wi-Tribe Enters the Philippines
The Wi-Tribe brand is a growing global presence driven by the objective of enhancing online access in emerging markets in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. It launched its broadband service in Jordan in 2008 and in Pakistan in 2009. With the Philippines’ launch in 2010, wi-tribe will welcome even more subscribers to its growing global tribe.
Through Liberty Broadcasting Network Incorporated, a partnership between San Miguel Corporation and Qtel Group, wi-tribe will be made available to Filipino customers and businesses across the country. This partnership is committed to bringing world-class multi-media products and a full, rich range of service and content in voice, instant messaging, and interactive gaming tomorrow.
Please stay tuned for more info on Wi-Tribe and Globe WiMax.