4th Generation Open Mobile Initiative
The World's No.1 Events on 4G Technology Movement
About Global 4G Open Mobile Initiative
At his inauguration, U.S. President Obama stressed the need for bold and swift action in laying foundations for growth. Appreciating the role of technology in improving effective services and efficient delivery, he acknowledges the demands of a new age with infrastructure and digital line investments required. More recently, global leaders at WEF Davos have also highlighted the importance of innovation in forthcoming solutions. Regardless the difficulty of circumstances, or direness of situation, opportunity arises out of crisis. More than ever, relationship-building and technology innovation are crucial.
The 4th generation (4G) mobile technology is becoming the emerging solution to drive the new growth of the industry, and help foster state-of-the-art technology, novel partnership
arrangements or transformational business models. Our 4G events, the world's leading platforms of the 4G industry, are steadfast in supporting the industry and confident in the ability to uncover and advance the opportunities.
wireless mobile communications will be shifted from today's
traditional transmission-specific radio technology to an
interface-based technology in order to be more compatible with
computer system architecture.
The future mobile device will
therefore be first and foremost a computer, then an open
wireless architecture (OWA) low-power terminal. This OWA technology offers
an optimal solution to open up the wireless platform for
complete openness and simplicity and would support the
service-oriented architecture and infrastructure that is
necessary for future mobile phone development and advancement.
first mobile phone was invented in the United States back in the
1960s by Bell Labs, but the US mobile communications market has
remained very much closed and far behind the international
movement towards the open market of the global industry. Now the
world is evolving rapidly into a personal communications era
with true openness and freedom in mobile services, but in our opinion, the US is still lagging about ten
years behind other countries,
such as China, with regards to
having a more open and competitive market in wireless
Though different regions have diversified approaches towards
the next generation mobile communication technology (called 4th
generation mobile, or 4G Mobile), the future trend is same:
Convergence among fixed, mobile and wireless communications.
single wireless radio transmission technology (RTT) can do both
broadband high-speed data-rate and seamless mobility, and
therefore we need multiple RTTs to complement each other in any
optimal way to ensure the information is delivered to the mobile
user in a more cost-effective way and in a more
we launched this 4G Mobile initiative program in 2000, over
50,000 professionals and investors have witnessed the great
successes and shared the invaluable insights throughout our
flagship 4G mobile events including World Wireless Congress in
USA, Global Mobile Congress in China and 4th Generation Mobile Forum (4GMF) across the global.
About 40 IEEE special issues on 4G mobile technologies have been
delivered based on this 4G mobile initiative program, and over 100 leading
wireless/mobile industries have sponsored our 4G events
4G Mobile technology - The mobile race to innovate, includes
the following innovations:
The mobile communications comprise two steps: access to
the mobile network, and access to the mobile services.
Traditionally, these two steps are all controlled by one
operator in a closed and proprietary way. In the 4G mobile
era, the access to the mobile services will be evolved to an
open Mobile Cloud so that it is fully open to any developers
and providers. In this way, any non-wireless industries,
such as Google, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, GM, Bank of America
can provide services for their mobile users. The access to
the mobile network is still controlled by the traditional
wireless operators such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and
China Mobile. Of course, the operators are very reluctant to
go this trend, but for the mobile users and for the future
global movement, it is just a matter of time to do it.
The mobile device system architecture will be open in
order to converge multiple RTTs (radio transmission
technologies) in one same device. Same as laptop computer,
the future Smartphone will be based on open wireless
architecture (OWA) technology which means, when you change
the wireless standards, you do not need to change phone. It
is totally different from current multi-standards phone
which is in closed system architecture, and users can not
remove the unused RTT modules and basically can not do
anything on the mobile phone system. In the OWA system, you
can just change RTT card in your Smartphone to switch your
wireless standards, or you can integrate multiple wireless
standards in one RTT SIM card. Based on this OWA platform,
you can integrate home phone, office phone and mobile phone
into one common Personal device - it is more beyond just a
phone. In fact, this 4G mobile device is a system to bring
the world to your hand, or we call it iHand - the World in
Hand, which is more better than calling it an iPhone.
Any portable consumer electronics device can be a mobile
phone by inserting the OWA-powered mobile RTT(s) card. This
approach is truly converging the mobile wireless technology
with the computer technology by providing the OWA
virtualization layer between the high-layer computer-based
OS (operating systems) & applications solutions and the
underlying wireless transmission-based different mobile
networks access means.
More breakthrough technologies are being developed for
efficient utilization of wireless spectrum, and the dynamic
and open spectrum management. Wireless is totally different
from wired communications, and therefore the overall
performance relies on both system performance and
transmission performance where spectrum is one of the key
Power efficiency is another critical issue for mobile
device. The system architecture must be open to enable
removable of unused modules, and the processing architecture
must be optimized to the lowest possible in terms of the
whole system performance. Meanwhile, the RF radio modules
should be narrowed to the minimal meeting the basic
requirements of necessary RTTs.
is moving rapidly towards this 4G open mobile movement. In
China, the government has in fact, targeted
for 4G mobile industry. In European Union, evolution to 4G has
been the mission-critical strategy since 2003. Japan and Korea
started 4G regulations in 2002. The US mobile market is a pretty
different case, because FCC as a law enforcement agency,
basically has no power to enforce law. The operators pay huge to
the congress, and congress manages the FCC. So eventually, the
"makes" the law. However, nobody can stop future and it is just
a matter of time when this 4G open mobile comes to life.
Everyone is welcome to join forces with us together and move
this 4G open mobile technology forward for our future, for our next
generation and for our societies. You can take leadership roles or
show supports in any of our global 4G mobile events.
A Global Call for Actions by the steering committee of
Mobile Initiative - from the offices in San
Francisco, Beijing, Geneva and Tokyo.