Technology analysis and knowledge of new technologies

Mobile telephony and the internet are now inseparable. These technologies are now converged as we use our mobile phones to check emails or find a nearby restaurant. The regulatory authority also needs to adapt to this convergence, and even users are more in need to have a basic understanding of these blurred technologies. This page offers some basic information you need to know before you could enjoy the benefits offered by the technology. Due to the tight link between the two fields, some topics are discussed in more detail on our Telephone subsite.

G’s and LTE

The various G’s denote the various generations of mobile telephony in the technological evolution. For more information, please visit the Technology tab of the Telephone subsite. From the aspect of internet usage, it is important that mobile internet began with 2G technology when WAP was introduced in the early 2000s as a method of internet browsing. Ever since 3G appeared, mobile technology can display multimedia content, and 4G technology (which in essence is the same as LT) can transmit HD quality as well. 5G is currently in the making, and it will support broadband and ultra fast data traffic.

What kind of mobile device should I choose for internet browsing?

It is good to know what the G’s and LTE stand for but, of course, this know-how should be put to good use in our everyday lives. When you purchase a mobile phone, you should also pay attention to the technological parameters. Although CE non-compliant devices, i.e. whose radio frequency may interfere with the operation of other devices, cannot be sold in Hungary, still check for the CE logo, especially when you order any internet-ready equipment from abroad. For more information about purchasing mobile devices, visit the Technology tab of our Telephone subsite. The operating manual of the device specifies the method of internet communication, and you should also check whether the service provider offers the desired network quality where you would like to use your mobile phone.

Internet of Things

Can you imagine sending a command from work or even using a voice command to your home heating system to ensure that the temperature is just right by the time you get home? Or that you only need to touch two buttons on your mobile to see how much milk is in the fridge, and if you run low on milk, you can order from the webstore straight away? The Internet of Things (IoT) brings all this to reality. Connecting our household items to the network will open up lots of opportunities that seem all too futuristic right now. Actually, it is not only just us who can communicate with the machines but machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is also possible. For instance, the fridge can detect if it runs out of milk and can order some more from the internet to be delivered by a supermarket chain the following day. These innovative products can make our lives more comfortable, yet we need to be aware of certain things as well. For instance, IoT devices will store a lot of data about us, which we do not necessarily want to share with our internet service provider or with anyone else. So whenever you use a device connected to the open internet, also consider under what conditions you agree to your data being obtained and stored.

What does it mean that we can browse the internet on a neutral network?

Pursuant to the latest EU regulation, we all have the right to unlimited, i.e. neutral internet. In Hungary this is enforced by NMHH. Network neutrality means that we can access and distribute any kind of content and service over the world wide web, and we ourselves can chose what software we use, and what computer, smartphone or tablet we use to connect to the internet. Internet service providers may not discriminate against or ban the use of content transmitted via their networks based on the source, user or type of the specific content. If the service providers could limit the traffic of certain content according to their business interests, it would significantly narrow down user offering on the content market and would also raise serious concerns regarding fundamental rights.

Filter software products

We cannot always be at the side of our children when they use media devices. Therefore, we recommend installing filter software for the devices connected to the internet. Such software products prevent minors from accessing content potentially harmful to them. We have compiled a list of the most popular and well-known filter software products, and provided a description for each to help you make an informed decision. The list is available HERE.