Fourth-generation wireless communications will reach most parts of the globe by the end of 2012.

Fourth-generation wireless communications will reach most parts of the globe by the end of 2012. In the BIC markets, China Mobile has started trials in China; in India, several major telecom providers will launch 4G in the first half of this year; and Sky Brazil launched a 4G-based mobile broadband service in December. Meanwhile, more manufacturers are releasing 4G smartphones, including RIM, which debuted the first 4G Blackberry in August. Apple is expected to dive into 4G with the iPhone 5 sometime this year.