Will 3G meet consumer expectation?..
The ever growing demand for richer and sophisticated applications on mobile cell phone has greatly influenced the exponential growth in wireless communication. Even before the penetration of 2.5G in to the rural market already urbanites are counting days for full fledged 3G network with great expectation.
Many developed countries are already functioning with full stretched wings in 3G. In India government is yet to auction the bandwidth that 3G is demanding.
As 3G is having very large bandwidt h compared to its predecessors, consumers are expecting much luxurious services from it, such as high speed internet, video conferencing n move, high quality picture, online streaming video & audio etc. Nearly 5% of mobile users have already upgraded themselves with 3G handsets.
While service providers like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea cellular etc are still working out strategy for their legacy systems and infrastructure to fulfill consumers need, handset manufacturers like Nokia, LG, Kyocera, Fly and applications developers are already much ahead and racing towards 4G networks. Nokia N series is said to be the best suited mobile for 3G network in Indian market.
The application developers are using SDP and IMS for developing many multimedia applications suited to 3G and beyond.
But in spite of all these what needs to be seen is will service providers really meet the required/expected bandwidth for individual consumer?. There is a possibility that the extra bandwidth will be used to serve more number of customer with existing voice based services and limited VAS. But they may also introduce premium services with higher service charge to limited customer.
Hence its still a “wait and watch” scenario for end user whether he will be really able to enjoy the facilities what 3G has promised.
Post Graduate in Digital Electronics & Communication
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