Specifications for next-generation mobile technologies - IMT-Advanced - were agreed upon on Friday at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU ) Radiocommunication Assembly in Geneva. Following an evaluation, ITU has determined that "LTE -Advanced" and "WirelessMAN-Advanced" should be accorded the official designation of IMT-Advanced.
“IMT-Advanced marks a huge leap forward in state-of-the-art technologies, which will make the present day smart phone feel like an old dial up Internet connection,” says ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré. "Access to the Internet, streaming videos and data transfers anytime, anywhere will be better than most desktop connections today."
IMT-Advanced is expected to make the connection to the mobile phone at least 100 times faster than today’s 3G phones, according to Francois Rancy, director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau.
"IMT-Advanced would be like putting a fiber optic broadband connection on your mobile phone,” says Rancy.
IMT-Advanced is also expected to make better use of spectrum “making higher data transfers possible on less bandwidth.” IMT-Advanced systems support low to high mobility applications and a wide range of data rates in accordance with user and service demands in multiple user environments, says ITU.