In the age of space rovers, hover boards, and smart watchesit’s seldom that old-age technology is revisited. With the advancement in technology every passing day, old devices are often discarded as they are no longer compatible with the new-age. One of the prime examples of advancement of technology is the evolution of mobile phones. Within a decade, mobile phones changed the entire landscape of communication and connectivity, making the whole world accessible right from your pocket.
The reason why a miniscule device can connect to the entire world is ‘mobile internet’ provided by network operators. The 2G, 3G or 4G services are mobile network coverage and speeds that make smartphones practical. The ‘G’ stands for generation and smartphones evolved mostly because of 3G. 2G was pretty slow and didn’t allow smartphones to unleash its complete potential, like making video calls, streaming videos, downloading music and surfing the web. 3G was fast and made smartphones a success, but the real game changer is 4G, which is much, much faster than 3G.
What is 4G?
It is the next-gen and according to the ITU-R standards, a 4G connectivity requires all of its services for mobile use including tablets and smartphones to have connection speeds of at least 100 Mbps. Yes, that’s right, a whopping speed of 100 Mbps portrays a 3G connection like a baby with a pacifier. 4G is the big thing right now and it overpowers even your home broadband speeds, nothing is impossible with 4G speeds, be it streaming videos in HD or downloading a heavy file within seconds, there are absolutely no lags or buffering in these speeds.
Several people have also heard the term ‘LTE’ associated frequently with 4G and are often muddled about the difference.
What is 4G LTE?
LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and is a wireless technology developed by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). It isn’t much of a technology but a path paved to achieve 4G speeds. The actual 100 Mbps speed set by the ITU-R was difficult to attain only using 4G technology and hence 3GPP created LTE to achieve those high speeds. LTE will be displayed in the upper corner of your 4G mobile only when 4G is enabled. LTE can’t be a standalone feature.
The introduction of4G mobiles in India is gradually beginning to change the landscape of networking and connectivity in the country. Possibilities are endless with such blazing high speeds and it only makes us wonder what the future holds for us, what will5G be like?