Nokia, the world’s largest handset manufacturer, has persuaded Sony Ericsson, NEC and Alacatel-Lucent to join it in developing plans for a 4G wireless system.
The companies will work together to develop the emerging mobile standard, called Long Term Evolution (LTE).
LTE, could be set to become a direct competitor to Wimax, which is currently being developed by Intel.
The first LTE networks are to be trialled in the US and China but it will be some time before it reaches UK shores.
Compared to 3G, LTE offers a greater distance and potentially faster rates.
Nokia and its partners see LTE as the logical evolution of 3G systems. ”