Similar to the definition of 2G, the term 3G refers the 3rd generation of cell phone networking. The International Technological University (ITU) defined the standards of 3G networking as “[necessitating a the discovery of] a new globally available frequency band as well as attempting to maximize convergence within many existing 2G wireless technologies,” (see source). In 2000 3G services were launched, based off the standards set forth by ITU. As a result 3G offered faster service with a much larger broadband width than the previous generations. The 3G network allows for increased transformation of phone calls and the passing of information such as emails and downloaded material.
For other milestones in wireless telephone communication, see:
Source: “What Really Is a Third Generation (3g) Mobile Technology,” What really is a Third Generation (3G) Mobile Technology, http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/imt-2000/DocumentsIMT2000/What_really_3G.pdf (accessed October 24, 2011).
Source: “2g and 3g Cellular Networks,” 2G and 3G cellular networks, http://www.bm-tricon.com/images/doku/motorola_2g-and-3g-cellular-networks.pdf (accessed October 24, 2011).
Image Source: “HOW TO: Increase 3G Speed In Android Phones and Devices,” 16 Sept. 2011, <http://androidphonesplaza.com/motorola-android-hack/ (accessed September 21, 2011).