Tuesday, 1 May 2012

4G Network

Have you heard about the 4G network? In many countries, telecommunications companies are grabbing everyone’s attention by advertising a faster wireless connection. Lightening speed some boast, no more waiting on the browser to load; gone are the days when people sit down and “buffer” their favourite TV program. With the fast pace society that we live in, no one has the time and patience to wait anymore and so 4G was released. So what is this 4G network? Is it really better than the others? Where did this idea of 4g network step from?

The 4G network is the fourth generation of wireless communication. Considered a work in progress, the overall goal for the network is to provide a comprehensive and secure Internet Protocol solution with much faster data speeds than previous generations.

1G, the first wireless network, was introduced during the 1980s. A decade later, 2G was launched as a way of allowing more transmissions to occur per communication channel. The foundations of 3G were then established in the late 1990s. This network is the first of three wireless networks to be utilized throughout the majority of the world as of the early 21st century. Though the 3g network was the first to allow multimedia applications, 4G promises to take this basic technology a step further.

The 4G network is aims to provide a higher quality of service. It promises better reception and less dropped data. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the organization that oversees the standards of the present wireless networks, has stated that it requires substantial improvements to multimedia messaging services, including video services, in order to approve a new generation. It wants a data speed transfer rate of at least 100 megabits per second while a user is physically moving at high speeds and a one gigabit per second data rate in a fixed position. The ITU also requires interactive roaming between networks.

Have you ever wondered where the wireless connection stemmed from? The 4G network is a representation of God (the beginning and the end), Adam and Eve (which represents man), and the garden (the world). In the beginning when God created the world, He formed man from the dust of the ground. He then realized that man was lonely so from his ribs He created woman. The 4G network here represents family life. Family life has four vital components: God, guy, girl, and the garden.

God is the creator of all living things, without Him we all shall perish. He is head of our lives. He is the pillar upon which we should use to support our lives. He is the backbone of our entire framework. God gives us strength. Man (guy) is a fool if he denies God, for in God’s image was he created. Man is the head of his household. He represents a tower of strength and protection. The Lord God saw that it was not good for man to be alone, so he gave him a companion-woman (girl). The garden is our ecosystem of survival. Without the garden, man could not eat. Having formed these four vital components, God gave one instruction: Of every tree of the garden thou may freely eat: but the tree of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shall surely die. God gave us all the essentials tools we need to survive in this world.

Here at Northern Caribbean University, the campus represents the garden which allows students to gain knowledge, socialize, and build their relationship with God. Our CIS (Computer Information Systems Department) and UNISS serves as the hub for all our technological developments. These departments have developed our Aeorion online learning system software which allows students to receive lectures and assignments from their instructors. The Computer Information Systems Department boasts awards in the Blackberry Developers Competition as well as Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Competition.

Mikki Clarke