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The United Nations has approved new standards for the IMT-advanced system, which should make the next generation of mobile technology 500 times faster than 3G smartphones.

International Mobile Telecommunications, also known as the current 3G mobile technology, has been widely used since 2000. The IMT-advanced system will use the radio frequency spectrum more efficiently, and devices will need less bandwidth to access the Internet, stream videos, and transfer data.

Some observers call the new standards true 4G, or the fourth generation of mobile wireless standards. "This means absolutely no time to get a page open," says the International Telecommunication Union's Francois Rancy. Devices will be able to obtain data fast enough to download most TV shows in about 20 seconds and CDs in about a minute. "This is what people are really asking for now," Rancy notes.

The technology will likely show up in smartphones, tablets, and other devices in two years.

From Associated Press
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