3G and 4G networks are predecessors to the 1G and 2G networks of cellular technology that started way back in the 1980s. It is a fact that before 3G and 4G technology arrived, data communication during mobility was a stretch. 3G broke into the cellular market at the start of the 21st century and became ubiquitous in developed countries by the year 2006. During that same year, plans for a 4G network began rolling around, and the proposal was put forth for the very first time by the ITU-R in 2008. We are going to list some facts about 3G and 4G networks which will help you understand how they work and which one is better suited to your needs.
Facts about 3G and 4G Networks – Interesting
5. The Current Technology
Under current technological resources, we are still very much in the 3G communication world and have just started to make inroads towards 4G. That is because networks that can even be classified as near as 4G are in rare places like capital or big cities around the world. Even then the 4G network doesn’t cover the entire area, just specific parts.
4. Technologies under 3G and 4G
One of the facts about 3G and 4G and even the previous two generations before that (2G and 2.5G) is that these generations of networks are not some fixed technology working at a same speed and bandwidth. In fact, the generation thing like 2.5G, 3G and 4G are guidelines that a technology follows to be defined as 3G, 4G or even 2.5G. Technologies like HSPA, EV-DO and WCDMA, fall under the 3G category. Mobile-WIMAX and LTE fall under the today’s ‘technical’ 4G definition, but more on that later.
3. 4G Doesn’t Make Your Mobile and Communication Faster
At its current capacity, 4G network’s main purpose is to speed up the data downloading and usage and nothing more. However, the upside of that happening is that the applications that depend on data usage may become speedier. Like connecting to a game leader board before an app opens becomes faster, making the opening of the app faster in return. Making an app run faster or more efficiently is the smart phone’s processor’s job. Another one of fascinating facts about 3G and 4G is that upgrading to a 4G network doesn’t mean that you texts or calls will be put through faster. Only your data download speed is affected by the current technology.
2. Pre 4G
The era that we are living in right now is more apt if it is named Pre 4G because quite frankly, we are not there yet. That is not to say that the “4G” networks some of us have contracts for aren’t faster than your typical neighborhood 3G; quite the opposite actually. It is just that the IMT-A (International Mobile Telecommunication Advanced) guideline proposed by ITU-R in 2008 specifies that 4G is to offer a peak performance of 100 Mbits/s even during mobility (riding on a train, car or bus). Even with the strongest LTE networks today, the speed achieved during mobility is between 20-30 Mbits/s and stationary position gets as high as 70 Mbit/s. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution which means that the technology is being consistently improved upon to reach the peak speeds of a 4G spectrum eventually.
1. Which Is Best For You?
Because 4G network is still ways away from becoming ubiquitous, it is up to you to decide which network you prefer, considering both 3G and 4G are available in your area. If you don’t mind the trade-off of your battery dying on you sooner than it would happen with 3G, 4G is the network for you. Because today’s networks are sophisticated in a way that if you go out of 4G range, your mobile immediately reverts to 3G which is more readily available in most areas. Another one of facts about 3G and 4G is that the latter consumes more battery because of being a newer and faster technology; the 4G chipset in the mobile consumers more than the 3G chipset. Now if you want a longer battery life and don’t mind waiting for a second or two extra for your video to load, 3G is the network you should be choosing.
We are still a few years away from completely enjoying a true 4G network that is available no matter where you go and doesn’t consume so much battery as it does today. It is sensible if you decide to stick to a more reliable and fast 3G network for now.