A Brief Look: Insight and Future of 4G
It seems like yesterday when 3G was the latest sensation. The evolution of social media, smartphones, tablets and HD movies all this contributed to 3G’s rise. But would you believe it if I tell you that 3G is a technology that is about 10 years old? Yes, time flies right. And if you are looking at it from the world of technology, everything changes so quickly. So if 3G was developed to cater the needs of users around 10 years ago, don’t you think it would be outdated by now?
Yes! We needed a new high speed internet and 4G LTE (fourth generation, long term evolution) is the answer. 4G is here now. But what is it? What makes 4G such a revolution? There is “4G” talk going on amongst all tech enthusiasts but very little people understand the concept and functionality behind 4G. And that’s what we are going to discuss.
The need for 4G
What was the need for 4G, well you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out. The internet-hungry users are not satisfies with the good ol’ 3G. The mobiles have evolved, the tablets have evolved, social media platforms have evolved, online multimedia has evolved, therefore companies who want to make it big decided that let’s evolve internet as well. 4G came into existence because users need it, it is as simple as that. The only downside is it might drain your battery that bit quicker, some tips on how to avoid that are available here.
How is 4G different?
Understanding 4G is a confusing endeavor. 4G uses advanced and speedier frequency bands. However there is standard for it. Before 3G, there were analog mobile internet systems 1G and 2G. 3G gives us a speed of 400 kpbs on average; however it can be faster or slower.
4G is different because it is supposed to give us high speeds (which is not always the case). Like I said before 4G is confusing to understand since there is no standard technology called 4G. A lot of different technologies come under the loop of 4G. These technologies include HSPA+ 21/42, WiMAX and LTE. However, most experts say that only LTE is the true 4G technology. So for the rest of the article, let’s make LTE the standard.
4G speed is unbelievably high. Let’s take a look at the 4G (LTE) speeds of leading services. Verizon’s 4G service has an average download speed of 7.6 mbps and an upload speed of 3.7 mbps. Sprint’s 4G offers you speeds of 12.35 mbps download and 4.3 upload, on average. But the king of 4G is AT&T which offers a whopping average speed of 19.21 mbps download and 10.09 mbps upload.
It looks all shiny and bright but there are dark spots too. Like tablets, 4G can also turn out to be a failure. Some flaws are: it is ridiculously expensive and it is available only in high end phones. However if the service providers somehow cut their rates (which in most likely case they will) then 4G is unstoppable. 4G is the future? Some people already believe so but we should give it some more time in my opinion.
Author Bio: Nuur Hasan is a software developer. His interests include gadgets, technology, mobile phones, apps, social media and other things that are related. He believes that sharing experiences can really make a difference. That is the reason why he blogs in his free time.