Japanese company NTT DoCoMo launched the world’s first 3G network in Japan. This allowed users to stream data and even make conference calls over a wireless network to a mobile device. In order to meet IMT-2000 (International Mobile Telecommunications Board) standards, a 3G network is required to offer at least 200KBps.
For other milestones in wireless telephone communication, see:
Source: CNN, “Verizon Launches First U.S. ‘3G’ Network,” CNN.com, http://articles.cnn.com/2002-01-28/tech/verizon.3g_1_3g-verizon-service-wireless-phones?_s=PM:TECH (accessed September 19, 2011).
Image Source: Shanghai Daily, “Video Conference Calling,” http://file.shanghaidaily.com/News/Image/2008/2008-04/2008-04-01/20080401_354292_03.jpg (accessed on Septermber 19, 2011).