The revolution of 4G.
4G is short for fourth generation and the successor of 3G in wireless communications technology services.
In the year 2008, the International Telecommunications Union-Radio communications sector (ITU-R) stated their demand for 4G standards. The required speed to be 100 megabits per second for increased mobility communication while travelling e.g. via vehicles and 1 gigabit per second for decreased mobility communications e.g. by foot.
This photo shows the comparisons between 3G and 4G network.
It is said that 4G speed is three times faster when compared to 3G. Post using 4G, browsing the internet in a jiffy, streaming videos without waiting for the screen to end buffering and downloading data at the blink of an eye has become super easy. Previously for the same task to be done a person would have to be dependent on wi-fi. Not to mention the patience one had to keep while using 2G services for the same when we think about it now.
Here’s a picture representation showing the speed difference between 2G, 3G and 4G.
Few smart phones available in India which support 4G.
Due to the beneficial use of 4G networks, the new mobile phones introduced in the market are mostly compatible with the same. The 4G sim card is a different one to the previous 3G and has to be upgraded. Also if a consumer does not have a 4G device and wishes to use 4G services, it can be done using a 4G mobile hotspot which can be connected to existing devices using wi-fi or USB.
With the increasing demand of 4G services the competition in the Indian market between mobile network providers has toughened up. The entry of Reliance Jio providing free usage of 4G LTE services and gaining the customer’s confidence has added as a chapter to be learnt for future entrepreneurs. Other network providers have been forced to slash their prices to less than half to keep up with the market.
A funny comparison between 4G and 5G.
It has been said that it won’t be long when 5G services will be introduced in the market. With already such up’s and down’s with just the presence of 4G in the market, it would be interesting to watch what changes the introduction of 5G services would do.
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