A 4G LTE connection provides hours of unlimited Internet and endless usage for you. Let’s take a look at how it works and why you need to have it on your phone.
In recent years, mobile data speeds have become furiously fast and the rate of call drops and transmission stutters has also gone down. It is owing to advanced 4G and LTE technology – but what are they, and how do they affect the performance of your digital devices? More to the point, are they helpful in providing unlimited Internet to your smartphone?
What is 4G and 4G LTE?
You may have come across the term ‘LTE’ in terms of Internet technology, but do you know what it actually is? LTE is an abbreviation for ‘Long Term Evolution’, a wireless communications standard that is propounded by the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project). LTE technology is believed to provide up to 10x the speeds of 3G networks for wireless hotspots, smartphones, tabs, netbooks, laptops, etc. It makes the concept of unlimited Internet not just possible, but viable both in terms of tech and financially.
You might wonder what 4G tech is and how it differs from LTE. Broadly, it follows 3G and provides IP-based voice and data streaming speeds ranging from 100Mbit to 1Gbit per second. However, 4G LTE is a competing 4G standard used with WiMAX and UMB. Leading mobile service providers in India and around the world have started employing the 4G LTE on WiMAX networks. In response, many new smartphones and tabs/laptops/netbooks are 4G LTE-compatible when released into the market. So when you buy a smartphone next, check for 4G LTE compatibility for lightning fast browsing speeds.
As of March 2008, there are global standards set for 4G connectivity, specifying that all 4G services must have certain minimum speeds and connection standards. Peak speeds must be at least 100Mbits/sec. However, these standards were found to be ambiguous, which prompted the rise of LTE with improved hardware technology to provide the fastest connections.
Do you receive 4G LTE?
Check with a leading service provider like Airtel for 4G LTE regions in your city. If a mobile services provider offers unlimited Internet, you can be certain that they offer superior 4G and LTE network coverage. Often, 4G LTE services are difficult to access for people living outside the major metros and cities in the country. You can continue using 3G and 4G, with the latter class of users noticing a difference in data speeds when they get access to 4G LTE.
Leading mobile service providers are able to provide 4G or LTE services, by packaging and sending data across all network towers. The older network points are simply switched to the new ones, so that a connection is directly established without transmission gaps. However, circuit-switching in this fashion may result in call drops. Leading carriers like Airtel use both circuit-switching and packet-switching network types to ensure always-on connectivity.