Over the years mobile technology has come a long way fast. With 4G networks coming out providing broadband speeds to mobile phone and internet usage, it can feel like just yesterday that first generation or 1G mobile phones were hitting the market. From a simple analogue network that worked for voice transmissions to the full on, full speed internet service of today, it’s been several decades of technological change characterized by rapid advancement. With the second generation (2G) and third generation (3G) of mobile technology people began to enjoy the benefits of digital networks with improved speeds and better clarity. Now, moving into the ‘next generation’ many users are asking themselves what exactly the implications will be.Basically, expect the next generation of mobile technology to work towards the utility of a full ‘cell’ status, meaning that users can connect and stay connected while seamlessly jumping between ‘WiMax towers,’ or the sources receiving and transmitting the data. This will be achieved by other means, however, than it is with current cellular technology. As opposed to previous generations, the latest will be based on Internet Protocol (IP). The result will be a more cost effective way to operate a mobile network with better Mbps data rates, and better overall use of frequency spectrum. Users will really feel this difference as opposed to their 3G devices in the lack of a cap on usage for most 4G wireless plans. Now, there is generally a limit of around 5 gigs per month on a 3G plan for usage and downloads. With the next generation such caps will be unnecessary and users will be allowed full access to the internet.
Getting right down to the future of 3G wireless, unfortunately the amount of traffic using mobile technology at any given time is already weighing on 3G technology. Slated to multiple by 10 times the current amount of traffic in the coming years, future usage will be far more than current 3G networks are prepared to support. Eventually some of the traffic will at least have to be redistributed, and future generations of mobile technology will be able to alleviate some of the load, eventually replacing 3G wireless altogether. Luckily, upgrading to 4G wireless is a good thing for users with its “flat” IP that provides for less latency and faster speeds, neutral standards for intended devices, and better prices than ever before. It looks like those building and those regulating the construction of these networks want to see a technology that is more universal, and more tuned into the needs of users than ever before. Today, people want high speed internet and in fact need it to accomplish their daily online tasks. Whether for personal use, professional use, academic use, or otherwise, there aren’t as many limits on where information technology can go if the internet is capable of following users in their daily routines around cities, and eventually around the entire nation or even world! New 4G wireless is already available in many cities across the country. Don’t delay in getting signed up and hooked up!
Whilst the traditional domain of the website has been on a desktop computer, we have gradually seen a transfer to more and more laptops, or net books (computers optimised for lean efficiency on the go, and lighter to carry around). Whilst this has not posed a problem for a traditional website, we are seeing a transfer to a new kind of website, that is optimised to the mobile or portable phone. Whilst Global Mobile System (GSM) phones have been very popular, we are now seeing a growth in the combined GSM and computer phone, or smart phone as they are often referred to today.Whilst this is a natural step in the mobility of technology on the go, it has had implications for website owners who want to ensure they have maximum exposure to the widest possible market for their products and offerings. You may well ask, “why this has caused a problem?” To best answer the question, it is important to consider the screen size on a smart phone is quite small. Some web pages may have too much clutter, and information, and thus, it could be expensive to download as well as difficult to see the page, without scrolling left and right, like you are looking at something through a small magnifying glass.It is for this reason that more and more web designers are now looking at ways to optimise different sites to look natural, and easily readable on the portable devices. In addition to this, some websites now have the.mobi extension, instead of a.com or.net and so on. However, it sometimes is easier to just take the most important part of the website and create a separate page optimised for the mobile device, and recognise that it may play a part in advertising, or possibly just introducing a potential client to a new product, and allow ‘proper’ access on a computer at home or in the office, at a later time.
The point here is to ensure that you are using every new technology at your disposal to ensure you are able to spread your message, as more and more people are taking to portable, and quicker ways to access the internet. The idea of surfing websites on a mobile phone a few years ago was unheard of, and whilst this may seem a complex issue on the one hand, it actually opens many more options for the marketing sides of business, when the opportunities are recognised, and implemented.Affiliate marketing is a very lucrative process of generating income online, when used correctly. I have provided a free report on video marketing concepts. Like any skill, it takes effort and practice, yet the results are well worth the investment of your time, to ultimately lead to a passive income, when set up correctly.
Africans Need To Open Up To TechnologyToo many times I see people in 21st century African societies clinging to old ways of doing things – almost as if scared of the new and sometimes radically different ALTERNATIVE ways now made possible by advancements in technology.A perfect example of this is readily seen in the prevailing attitude towards the use of PC/Internet technology. I have travelled to a number of African states and cities in my own country, Nigeria. The problem persists: People have a seeming aversion for putting these powerful and cost-effective tools to productive use.Don’t get me wrong. We are using these tools. BUT it is what we use them for most times, that I quarrel with. Forget the 419 Yahoo! mail scam artists. Theirs is a fallout of THIS. Information Technology is for a THINKING society’s use in creating and developing value adding resources that benefit others. What I see is that many of us just love to purchase, own and SHOW OFF our IT tools, instead of exploiting them to move to the next level.Large majorities of our people remain in awe of Internet technology, rather than seeing it as the greatest leveler of all times, that TODAY makes it possible for any willing person from any part of the world to exert a felt impact on people and places worldwide, without physically getting there!Why Don’t Our Schools Use PC/Internet Technology Well?Why for instance is it that we do not have a proliferation of educational institutions using the Internet to cheaply pass on knowledge to their learners in a way that will allow the latter to pay LESS tuition – if at all any?No, I do not accept that what schools and some universities are currently doing by having computer centers equates to what I am describing here. What I am after is the ACTIVE use of the PC and Internet technology as a means of more effectively delivering knowledge to learners within and beyond the local environment.THAT is NOT happening in our institutions currently. Yes, they conduct computer and Internet appreciation classes, BUT that’s where it ends. There is little or no effort put into using these tools to CREATE and INNOVATE. That’s why our educational institutions cannot boast of having website (if they have a web site that is!) visitors that come regularly to browse and download useful learning materials developed by their OWN teachers/pupils or lecturers/students.Many times it is the members of OUR institutions that go online to websites of OTHER institutions in developed societies to search for and download information about our own societies! Even if they were to be patriotic and tried to find web sites run by Africans living in Africa, their chances of finding the exact (and up to date) information they want would be slim.
Africans In Diaspora Use The Internet Better – & MOREFrequently, when we do have Africans maintaining reasonably up to date web sites, a little checking soon reveals the site is run by Africans based in developed societies. Yet, the truth is that it is NOT that our local environment makes it difficult to use PC/Internet technology this way. My personal experiences confirm this.It is simply a matter of some kind of mental “barrier” or limit we have imposed on ourselves and which needs to be broken through by each of us if we are to stand any chance at all of taking advantage of these tools to improve the lives of our people.SOME EXCEPTIONS: By the way, there are exceptions to this general problem in Africa that I complain about here. If you try visiting web sites maintained by universities in African countries like South Africa, Egypt, and a few others, you will almost think they are not based here.ANY Individual Can Use The Internet ProfitablyAs a self-employed person in a society where the sales/marketing costs can be quite high and erratic, I have successfully established and maintained a considerably high profile web presence in line with my business vision.My email subscriber database has grown as more people request some free offers provided in my articles. Note that they do this of their own free will and that suggests they not only found my article interesting enough to be useful, but they were also impressed enough to go one step further to request copies of additional information that I offered in the body of my writings.If I can do the foregoing, with the limited resources I have, then ANY African individual or organisation can achieve similar, if not better, results.It Actually Costs VERY VERY Little To Maintain A Web siteAnd to think that it can cost less than $50 naira equivalent to pay for domain name registration and hosting for a simple site. Add to this the fact that various web site design tools now allow even a novice build and maintain a decent web site presence. One wonders then what many of us are waiting for?