Hailed by the mobile phone industry as the next best thing since sliced bread, but as don’t forget there is 5G in the plan!
What is 4G?
Put simply, 4G is the shortened name for the fourth generation of wireless data transmission networks set-up by the mobile phone industry to offer more bandwidth and greater speeds for everyday mobile device usage, such as messaging, video calling and mobile TV.
As smartphones and tablets developed the capability to stream video and music, the need for speed became critically important.
Some of you may have been using 3G phones for some time and used the internet over the air, but 4G is basically more speedy and stable. It’s similar to your home broadband when compared to the old dial-up modem service.
It follows on from 2G and 3G and it ‘enables’ just about every one of the clever new things your latest smartphone can do. Everything from surfing the web and video streaming, to downloading a movie.
Why do we need 4G? There are several advantages of having 4G over 3G. You might think that a web page opens quickly enough on your 3G connection, but 4G falls into that category of not knowing how much you want it until you have to do without it. You’ll also get better quality video calling on a 4G connection.
The benefits of 4G basically fall into a couple of categories – improved download/upload speeds and crystal clear voice calls (only on Three for now)
Standard 4G (or 4G LTE) is around five to seven times faster than 3G, offering theoretical speeds of up to 150Mbps.
The consumer watchdog Which? found the availability of 4G coverage and download speeds varies wildly across the UK’s 20 biggest cities…….
Middlesbrough topped the table with 83% availability and Bournemouth came bottom with 67.5% availability whilst London was ranked just 16th.
Watch this space for news on the ‘coming of 5g’