4G or LTE? Or maybe 4G LTE? What lies behind these terms, let’s figure it out together with CHIP.

Is there a difference between 4G and LTE?

Before the introduction of LTE and 4G, mobile Internet was used primarily through the mobile communication standards UMTS and HSDPA. UMTS and HSDPA are also often referred to as 3G for short.

LTE and 4G mean the same thing, and there is no technical difference between these terms. LTE refers to mobile communication technologies that enable data transfer rates of up to 100 Mbps. The term 4G only means that the fourth generation of cellular communication standards is used.

2G, 3G, 4G, 5G: what’s the difference?

2G: with GPRS and EDGE data rates up to 53.6 Kbps and 220 Kbps are achieved. The abbreviation 2G is practically not used.

3G: With UMTS, data transfer rates up to 384 Kbps became available. 3G is still the most popular generation of mobile communication standards.

3.5G: The 3G standard continued to evolve continuously, giving rise to HSDPA, HSDPA+, HSPA, and HSPA+. Speeds of up to 42 Mbps were achieved here. Android devices for 3.5G display “H” symbol, iPhone remains displaying 3G.

4G: Currently, LTE is on the rise, the maximum data transfer rate with this technology is 100 Mbps.

4.5G: with LTE Advanced, devices reach speeds of up to 1 Gbps – at least in theory. But in practice, it will take a long time until such speeds are available around the world.

5G: as early as 2020, leading cellular companies want to introduce the fifth generation of mobile communication standards. Thanks to this, speeds from 10 to 20 Gbps will become possible. But while the fifth generation is at the testing stage.

Read also:

  • How to easily check internet speed
  • 5 important questions about the new 5G communication standard
  • 5G will come to Russia by 2020