What is 4G?

What is 4G?

4G is all the rage these days and at this point most people probably know that it’s faster than 3G, but there’s a whole lot more to it than that. 

So for a rundown of all the benefits, how to get 4G, exactly how fast it is and what the future holds read on, because we’ve got an easily digestible guide to everything you need to know.

4G is the fourth generation of mobile phone technology. It follows on from the existing 3G(third generation) and 2G (second generation) mobile technology. 4G is also essentially known as 4G ‘fourth generation communications system’ and it represents an upgrade from 3G by addressing the two major issues with the platform: speed and network congestion. 4G offers 10 times faster speed than they are on current third generation, or 3G, networks. 

How does 4G work? 

4G works much in the same way as 3G, simply faster. 

Using high-speed download and upload packets, 4G allows you to access broadband style speeds whilst away from your Wi-Fi. Users can often access speeds of up to 21Mb on the go. That is why 4G is actually based on the previous 3g network. It is only enhances with a new technology called long term evolution or in simple word ‘LTE’. Lots of carriers use this like EE mobile phone signal.

The actual development of 4G began in 2004 when companies started working on ‘release 8’ which is basically the first LTE technical specification. In 2009, Swedish telco company Telia Sonera became the first in the world to release 4G for commercial use. 4G service had data transmission speeds up of up to 100 megabits per second about 10 times faster than the speeds offered by 3g.

4G Evolution

4G is many times faster than 3G. When a device is moving the maximum speed can be 10 Mbps, and when the device is stationary, it can be 100 Mbps. 4G is much faster than the previous generations and has boosted the bt signal. It provides a much higher download speed and better security. While 3G could only provide speed up to 2Mbps, 4G can provide speed up to 1Gbps. 4G applications include amended mobile web access, IP telephony, gaming services, high-definition mobile TV, video conferencing, and 3D television.