3G Technology – Promises and Challenges

Written by Colin Ong TS


Imagine a situation where you are about to make an important Sales Presentation. You realize that you have broughtrepparttar wrong presentation slides and you call up your colleague. She immediately emailsrepparttar 133579 file to your 3G terminal and you transfer it to your laptop. Another scenario is having video-conferencing and sending character-based messages simultaneously with your clients. With 3G,repparttar 133580 possibilities for wireless applications are numerous. For instance, imagine calling up a map in your car, conducting a video conference over wireless phones, checking e-mails, and browsingrepparttar 133581 web - wirelessly.

3G Defined

3G stands forrepparttar 133582 third generation of wireless communication technology andrepparttar 133583 industry direction are to raise speeds from 9.5K to 2M bit/sec. According to 3gnewsroom.com, devices will fall into four categories. The first category includesrepparttar 133584 basic 3G phones will be used mainly for talking and will store all their information onrepparttar 133585 network. The second category will support video-streaming, and will providerepparttar 133586 user with news and web content. More sophisticated models will be information centres which let users download information fromrepparttar 133587 Internet and store data onrepparttar 133588 device.

A recent initiative by four leading handset manufacturers–Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia and Siemens–plusrepparttar 133589 messaging companies CMG, Comverse and Logica was motivated byrepparttar 133590 launch of 3G. The companies hope to create awareness and foster development of multimedia messaging service (MMS) by making audio, video, photographs and other images to accessible to handsets.

3G andrepparttar 133591 Growth ofrepparttar 133592 Wireless Mobile Market

The wireless mobile market is set to explode and this will provide fresh graduates with exciting job opportunities. According to Will Daugherty’s The Growth of Wireless Mobile in Business 2.0, there will be 3 waves of mobile data services. The first wave is linked wireless access to existing information and data applications. The current second wave takes advantage of wireless-specific functionality. The third wave will bring rich graphics, video, real-time multiplayer games.

Don Tapscott has been quoted “Mobile commerce isrepparttar 133593 next stage of e-commerce, where we haverepparttar 133594 integration ofrepparttar 133595 physical world withrepparttar 133596 digital world…What we ’re talking here isrepparttar 133597 beginning of pervasive and ubiquitous computing where billions and billions of inert objects become Internet appliances - enablingrepparttar 133598 sharing of knowledge andrepparttar 133599 delivery of a vast new array of services.”

Need more convincing and statistics?

According torepparttar 133600 findings in Wireless Portals:repparttar 133601 Information Gateway torepparttar 133602 Wireless User, byrepparttar 133603 end of 2006 there will be close to 1 billion wireless portal users worldwide. The bulk of these users will be wireless voice users, WAP users, 2.5G and 3G subscribers, and other wireless device users such as those using PDAs. Multi-modal users worldwide will stand close to 282 million in 2006.

The Reaction of 3G in America

The importance of 3G technology can also be gauged byrepparttar 133604 stance ofrepparttar 133605 National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency ofrepparttar 133606 U.S. Department of Commerce, which isrepparttar 133607 Executive Branch's principal voice on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues. NTIA recently published a report entitled "WIRELESS" INTERNET: Whatrepparttar 133608 3G Challenge Means for U.S. Competitiveness where it insisted that 3G is important forrepparttar 133609 future of America's global competitiveness amongst other things and thatrepparttar 133610 Europeans and Asians view 3G development as their golden opportunity to beatrepparttar 133611 United States' inrepparttar 133612 area of telecommunications and ecommerce. The report also went further to state thatrepparttar 133613 US will remain two years behind many Asian and European countries on 3G services.

In contrast in another report entitled "Can U.S. Wireless Firms Ride Business Applications to Global Leadership?," Summit Strategies Practice Director Warren Wilson argues U.S. vendors and service providers stand to winrepparttar 133614 strategic high ground, first in their home markets and then internationally. "Japan and Europe are leadingrepparttar 133615 way in consumer-focused wireless applications, but business applications will drive U.S. markets,'' Wilson says. "North American vendors and service providers that correctly gauge which business applications to offer, andrepparttar 133616 development and deployment models that serve customers best cannot only catch up to global competitors, but even turnrepparttar 133617 tables and claim leadership roles in wireless data. It won't be easy, but it's far from impossible."

The importance of 3G and Wireless collaboration withrepparttar 133618 US has not been lost with NTT DoCoMo which understands that in order to move towards 3G, it must persuade other carriers to follow suit. DoCoMo’s USD$10bn investment in AT&T Wireless came withrepparttar 133619 agreement that AT&T transferred towards W-CDMA.

I will highlight some promises provided by 3G Technology:

1)3G and Workplace Dynamics

3G Technology is an enabler ofrepparttar 133620 development ofrepparttar 133621 Wearable Computing Industry. The WearTel (TM) phone, for example, uses EyeTap technology to allow individuals to see each other's point of view. Therefore,repparttar 133622 miniature laser light source insiderepparttar 133623 WearTel eyeglass-based phone scans acrossrepparttar 133624 retinas of both parties and swapsrepparttar 133625 image information, so that each person sees whatrepparttar 133626 other person is looking at.

This technology will enablerepparttar 133627 HR manager to have a better understanding of how to motivate and reward their employees as personal documentaries of their work-life will be shot from a first-person perspective. HR managers can provide better advice about handling difficult customers or closing sales. However,repparttar 133628 immediate benefit is that this technology can be used as a training tool. The reason is that privacy laws have to be reviewed and updated in order that customers are adequately informed of this technology

2)3G and Mobile Job Interviewing

With an attached camera in a mobile device, job interviews can be conducted as video-conferencing betweenrepparttar 133629 HR manager andrepparttar 133630 potential job applicant. Initially,repparttar 133631 job candidate can answer basic questions like his highest qualification and salary expectation by pressingrepparttar 133632 key-pad ofrepparttar 133633 mobile device. If successful, he can proceed to have a face-to-face interview.

Streaming Video and Audio In the Internet

Written by Lester John M. Policarpio

Entertainment is a necessity! And thank god we belong torepparttar digitalage when almost all our needs are readily available right in repparttar 133578 comforts of our own home.

And now thatrepparttar 133579 Internet is here,repparttar 133580 focus is not merely onrepparttar 133581 issue of merely supplying information torepparttar 133582 users but giving themrepparttar 133583 choice to pick onlyrepparttar 133584 kind of information they are most interested in, when to obtain these information, where to extract these information from and of how these preferred information should take form.

Imagine using your computer in watching your favorite NBA match, your watch your favorite television show orrepparttar 133585 evening newscast and listen torepparttar 133586 live concerts and Webcasts through Castdial. Imagine just sitting in front of your computer screen while searching for articles onrepparttar 133587 hottest political issues rather than going through those pile of newspapers or magazine archives in your local library.

Streaming media is a technique that allows users to view audio and video contents while they are still receiving it. Or as others perceive it, an audio and video file that plays as instantly on a text based content as when a Web page downloads on your browser. And unlike downloading a video or audio file to be played later, it flows to your computer screen enabling you to view its contents simultaneous torepparttar 133588 process of downloading.

So, how do you stream something intorepparttar 133589 Internet? Especially video?

Here arerepparttar 133590 basic steps:

First, in order to stream a data in video form, a person must use a 30-frames-per-second analog video that is fed by a VCH or video camera to a video board withinrepparttar 133591 computer. This must then be converted from an analog wave form into binary data. This representation is stored inrepparttar 133592 computer hard disk and further reduced in size by video compression software. The video compression software then scans each ofrepparttar 133593 frames ofrepparttar 133594 video file and distinguishes which are redundant. The redundant ones are erased. Only needed data are retained.

A user can then watch a file by clicking on an HTML tag embedded in a website. When he does thisrepparttar 133595 video streaming software onrepparttar 133596 remote server is released and a steady stream of data begins to flow. But before he gets to watch this, he must have an interface or a "player" installed in his computer. If he has this, he can then watchrepparttar 133597 file he requested throughrepparttar 133598 website's remote server.

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