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Difference between 4G and LTE

While 2G and 3G networks were popular in the past few years, the demand for themhas reduced in recent times. Most 2G networks allow you to send text messages, make calls, and transfer small amounts of data over a protocol called Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).

However, 2G networks were soon overpoweredby 3G networks, which enabled a number of larger data formats like videos, HTML pages, and music to become more accessible. 

With furtherdevelopmentintechnology, the demand for4G LTE network in India has increased over 2G and 3G networks. The network is designed toimprove4G data connection speedsand offers a high degree of convenience.

About 4G

4G stands for fourth generation of wireless mobile telecommunications technology. Instead of deploying circuit-switched technology,4G high speed internet networks are based on an all-Internet protocol (IP) packet switching. The speeds offered by 4G enable smooth handovers across various networks without any data loss, thereby providing better coverage and service quality

The International Telecommunications Union-Radio communications sector (ITU-R) created a set of standards known as International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced (IMT-Advanced) that networks have to meet in order to be considered as 4G. The network must utilize Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing Access (OFDMA) multi-carrier transmission methods or other frequency-domain equalization (FDE) methods. Also, connection speeds of devices like smartphones and tablets using 4G must have a peak of at least 100 megabits per second. For a user with wireless access or nomadic connection like hotspots, the connection speed needs to have a peak of 1 gigabit per second.

Understanding LTE

Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a technology developed by Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). LTE is designed to support roaming Internet access via smartphones and handheld devices. This network supports Web browsing, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and otherIP-based services. LTE offers around30 Mbps upstream and 100 Mbps downstream data rates.Besides, this 3GPP-developed network provides extensible bandwidth capacity, reduced latency, as well as backwards compatibility with UMTS and GSM technology.

Difference between 4G and LTE

4G comprises several technologies like WiMAX, HSPA+, and LTE. Out of these, 4G LTE network is the most advanced in terms of speed. Other first generation 4G technologies like HSPA+ and WiMAX do not meet the performance standards displayed by LTE. Compared to other 4G technologies, LTE is also used to facilitate high-definition voice calls, which is not a feature supported by the rest.

If you seek seamless speed, you couldpurchase a smartphone that supports LTE network. It is also imperative to check the coverage maps for different carriers in order to identify which carrier offers LTE in your area.

Telecommunication carriers are already in the process of testing the fifth generation (5G) of mobile broadband connectivity. This network will be capable of providing a speed of 1 gigabit per second andwill also support numerous devices at once. Though no standards have yet been set, it is most likely that such a high-speed network will be introduced in India by 2020. For now, 4G-LTE is witnessing a growing demand both for its performance and affordability.
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