Go-ahead for superfast new mobiles
Plans for the next generation of mobile technology that experts say will make devices 500 times faster than 3G smartphones, have been approved by a United Nations telecom meeting.
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) spokesman Sanjay Acharya said in Geneva that the technology will be used immediately, but "it could take up to two years" to show up in smartphones, tablets and other devices.
ITU officials say the differences between present technology and the new standards for IMT-Advanced are like comparing dial-up internet to fibre-optic cables.
Francois Rancy, head of ITU's radio communication bureau, says the technology needs less bandwidth to access the internet, stream videos and transfer data because it uses radio-frequency spectrum much more efficiently.