3G is the third generation of mobile phone standards and technology and represents one of the biggest opportunities the business world has ever seen, increasing the potential of mobile Internet and opening up new revenue streams.
In 3G, mobile phones became mobile devices combining a camera, video camera, computer, stereo, MP3 player and radio into one device. Rich-media information and entertainment are available at anytime whenever there is a wireless network.
The first pre-commercial 3G network – branded as FOMA – launched in May 2001, by NTT DoCoMo in Japan. Following the first pre-commercial launch, NTT DoCoMo again made history with the first commercial launch of 3G in Japan on October 1, 2001.
Compared with second generation (2G) mobile networks, 3G has significantly boosted network capacity to enable operators to support more subscribers, as well as offer more sophisticated services. From Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) to Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, 3G enables users to access advanced services anytime, anywhere.