(or 3-G) is short for third-generation mobile telephone technology
. The services associated with 3G provide the ability to transfer both voice data (a telephone call) and non-voice data (such as downloading software
, exchanging email
, and instant messaging
Some standards related to 3G include wideband CDMA (WCDMA), managed by the 3GPP organisation, and CDMA2000.
As of 2003, countries having established 3G networks include: Australia, Italy, Hong Kong, Israel, Austria, Romania, the UK, and Sweden.
See also: 2G