3G

3G stands for third generation and usually (though not always) refers to the third generation of wireless personal communications devices (such as mobile phones, and PDAs) and service.

3G offers faster web browsing and mobile video. Higher bandwidth means that the broadband element can still be always on (downloading email, web surfing, games, instant messaging etc), while voice calls take place. Download speeds can be up to 2Mb for static locations and up to 384kb for mobile.

In the UK, licences for the spectrum assigned to 3G were auctioned off to mobile phone network providers at great cost. Setting up the networks required was also extremely expensive for the licence bid winners.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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