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WiMax or LTE are not 4G, says ITU


Back in April, I wrote an article presenting the argument that 4G does not exist. That article prompted a discussion in which those who disagreed with the facts I presented tried to push their position through. I argued that the bodies responsible for setting those standards have not set any 4G standards, so it is plain trickery to claim to be offering 4G services.

Well, the body responsible for setting the 4G standard, The International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), has finally ruled that both LTE and WiMAX do not qualify as 4G.


This means that those networks in the US, here in Nigeria and elsewhere running LTE and WiMAX but who claim to be offering 4G services from now on are not being truthful. I doubt that they will backpedal unless regulatory authorities call them to order.

Of course, this pronouncement by ITU also means that there are currently no 4G mobile devices, regardless of what some manufacturers claim.

Why Is This Important?
This pronouncement by the ITU is important because, should current LTE and WiMAX operators keep claiming 4G, operators who later invest in and deploy real 4G technologies will be at a disadvantage because impostors have been claiming to offer the same thing before them. The branding edge would be lost.


Those offering LTE and WiMAX now can accurately claim 3.75G or even 3.9G if they care to. But to claim 4G now is to thrive on science fiction.

Here at Mobility Nigeria, we pride ourselves in telling it as it is – there are currently no operators offering commercial 4G services. Simple.

Reference Materials

  1. 4G defined: WiMax and LTE don’t qualify
  2. WiMax or LTE are not 4G – ITU-R hits out at wrong acronyms

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