There has been a lot of talk with regards to the known successor to 3G technology. 4G LTE is a wireless communication technology that is mobile and is the natural successor to 3G mobile networks. This kind of technology allows people to access the Internet using their mobile phones through speeds that are almost the same as the home broadband connections. Many people also dub this 3GPP Long Term Evolution nowadays.
When it comes to speed, 4G LTE should be as fast enough to be able to stream videos in the Internet without the need to agonizingly wait for them to buffer. Users can watch high definition videos in just a matter of minutes once it has been loaded. There is a 4G network in the United Kingdom that claims its 4G network to be five times faster when compared to its 3G networks.
There has been a theoretical download speed for 4G LTE which is around 20Mb/s, but can be lower in reality such as that in the United States which varies between 8 Mbits/s to 12 Mbits/s. There are some versios of 3G, just like the HSPA+, which offers just about the same speed. The 4G LTE technology however has an upper hand when it comes to the latency, or the time delay with which actions respond in the Internet. The superiority in latency of the 4G LTE technology means that it is even more responsive to people and will improve their experience totally.
One of the first networks to have launched 4G services in the United Kingdom is EE and it has just begun to roll out its services last September. This is coming from the firm that owns T-Mobile and Orange and it also claims that the users of these networks will be capable of upgrading to the 4G service if they so wish. As a start, it was announced that the service is going to be available only in the major cities, while EE claims it will be available to more than half of the population percentage by the end of 2013.
As of the moment, there hasn’t been any released pricing data with regards to the 4G network. People should however expect the price range to be more expensive when compared to the 3G contracts.
In order for you to access this new network, you will need a mobile phone or device that supports this technology. There are many mobile networks today that will be launching their 4G handsets such as those from Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Nokia and HTC. They may even provide people with personal hotspot products and their own 4G dongles.
Aside from being even more costly when compared to the 3G networks, there have been many suggestions that the 4G technology may even eat up more power. There have been critics that believe it will drain batteries faster than when a 3G handset is used to access the Internet before. Many researchers and analysts have already started testing the technology out to see if this is true.
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