Name That G: The Ultimate Wireless Networking Quiz
by Staff
Wondrous wireless connects gazillions of great gadgets to each other and to the Internet ether. But how much do you really know about wireless's inner workings?

First-generation, or 1G, networks were based on what technology?

  • digital
  • analog
  • really slow

The world's first 3G network was launched where?

  • United States
  • Japan
  • Sweden

To which generation does the air interface called HSPA (high-speed packet access) belong?

  • 2G
  • 3G
  • 4G

What was the hallmark of 2G wireless networks?

  • They were digital systems that carried data.
  • They were still based on archaic telecommunications systems.
  • They also let you send greeting cards.

What's a defining trait of a true 4G network?

  • It's an all-IP network.
  • It's always faster than 3G.
  • It transfers data in multiples of four.

In cellular networks, the communications standard linking a base station to a device is called what?

  • air interface
  • air standard
  • air guitar

Which cellular generation is often touted as mobile broadband?

  • 4G
  • 3G
  • 2G

On average, about how fast are download speeds on a 3G network during peak hours?

  • about 1.5 Mbps
  • about 4 Mbps
  • about 10 Mbps

Which network type has an officially agreed-upon standard?

  • 4G
  • 3G
  • 5G

What's one reason some companies are investing in 4G LTE?

  • LTE is made to be easily upgradeable.
  • LTE will last longer and save on infrastructure costs.
  • both of the above

4G networks are about how much faster than 3G networks?

  • about 5 times faster
  • about 10 times faster
  • about 100 times faster

How will some carriers prevent customers from consuming unlimited data through their high-speed connections?

  • throttle users who consume the most data
  • offer tiered pricing plans
  • both of the above

Which frequencies often work best for cellular communications?

  • higher frequencies
  • lower frequencies
  • extreme frequencies

How do frequencies and power levels used in 4G compare to 3G?

  • They emit much more powerful radio signals.
  • They use much higher frequencies.
  • Both are often about the same as 3G.

What download speed standard did the International Telecommunication Union originally set for 4G networks?

  • 10 Mbps
  • 20 Mbps
  • 100 Mbps

Which country was the first to unveil a 4G network?

  • France
  • Sweden
  • United States

What often slows the deployment of new cellular networks?

  • lack of availability of tower sites
  • lack of availability of spectrum
  • lack of availability of electricity

What's one reason that 4G networks are so much faster than older network technologies?

  • increased power
  • reduced latency
  • rocket fuel

What's the average range of a WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) signal?

  • about 3 miles (5 kilometers)
  • about 13 miles (21 kilometers)
  • about 30 miles (48 kilometers)

Once 4G LTE networks are up and running, we'll see carriers transitioning to which faster standards?

  • LTE Advanced
  • 5G
  • LTE Super