2G-5G Networks: Evolution of Technologies, Standards, and Deployment

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This paper presents an overview of the evolution of technologies, standards, and deployment from second to fifth generation mobile networks with emphasis on current and future trends in the areas of wireless networking, multimedia technology, network architecture, and network services. Related research in the development of future mobile systems has been highlighted. Issues of system integration, global roaming capabilities, handoff, high speed multimedia support, ad-hoc networking, quality of service, and physical layer problems has been addressed. In addition, global developments in multimedia network services and terminals have been discussed.