We are giving you all the information you need to understand what 4G LTE mobile communication is, how it may affect you and everything you need to know to prepare yourself for any problems.
What is 4G / LTE?
4G (Fourth Generation) or LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the next evolution in mobile communication technology. Back when mobile phones first came out in the 1980s they used a technology called 1G or first generation. This was an analogue technology that was quickly replaced by 2G.
2G uses a digital technology called Global System For Mobile Communications (GSM), this was common for most phones in the early 1990s. It enhanced the older standard by allowing for encrypted digital calls and the first data transmissions.
2G was surpassed by 2.5G which uses a technology called Global Packet Radio System, this allowed for higher speed data transmissions using WAP and the introduction of MMS multimedia messaging (picture messaging).
2.75G was the next progression with the introduction of EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution). This again improved data transmission speeds along with other coding echnologies.
3G or Third Generation was a massive step up from anything before it, data transfer speeds increased to over 20Mbps depending on the technology used. 3G allowed for mobile broadband, video calling and streaming of high quality video links. However as technology progresses, what was once seen as high speed service now becomes the limiting factor in newer devices that are capable of and often require much higher data transfer rates.
4G is going to be a massive upgrade from the existing 3G service. Many countries around the world are already using the 4G services. 4G will provide superfast data transfer speeds (over 100Mbps in some places) and allow for more mobile broadband services to remote parts of the country that have limited access to the traditional cable or DSL broadband services. 4G applications include Ultra mobile broadband, IP telephony, High Definition Video Streaming, 3DTV, Cloud computing plus video conferencing. Devices capable of receiving 4G signals will include mobile phones/smart phones, laptops plus other USB style modems with the correct interface.