4th Generation Protocols (4G):

What is it?

Fourth Generation, otherwise known as 4G, the succeeding of 2G and 3G is a system that helps mobile network technology connect faster to the internet which allows people to surf the net or use internet based apps quicker. 2G, 3G and 4G represent the generations of mobile broadband internet. You will more often then not find 3G and 4G on many phones, especially smartphones and is constantly used by many teenagers and adults.

How does it work?

The 4G network uses standard communications protocol to send and receive data in packets as it is IP-based (Internet Protocol) which is also used for voice data and only works on frequencies it was made and intended to use. If the 4G user does not have reception or signal on their mobile, tablet or laptop then 4G will not work as it needs the signal to send and receive data.

How does it compare to 3G?

The difference between 4G and 3G is that 4G brings your phone broadband and is much faster while 3G connection is much slower. However, if you have low signal then both 3G and 4G will be very slow to download and upload content and would become useless. Another difference between the two are that 4G is found mainly on smartphones rather than older phones that do not have the compatibility. According to digitaltrends to be advertised as 4G, a network must offer peak data rates of at least 100 megabits per second for high mobility communication, and at least 1 Gigabit per second for low mobility communication.

I often use 4G when I go out and need to quickly search something online but don’t have internet connection which makes it more handy and preferable than 3G.


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