What is LTE?
Today, wireless mobile Internet from cellular operators is gaining increasing popularity in big cities. Thanks to it, each user can use the Internet and download information from the network to any part of the coverage area. Wireless Internet is also divided into different types of technology. For example, there is a 3G Internet generation and LTE generation. At the same time, wireless Internet LTE is a completely new technology today and has not yet entered tightly into our lives.
So, not everyone knows what LTE is and how to use it, as well as what significant innovations it has brought. Let's take a closer look at this new technology together.
The development of mobile networks and the emergence of LTE
The first Internet on a mobile phone can be considered GPRS technology, which is also called the first generation technology. However, this technology had a very low speed and a small coverage area, which significantly hampered its use. Then, in 2003, the EDGE technology appeared, which is considered to be the technology of the beginning of the mobile Internet era.
EDGE technology is often called “2G”, which translates as “second generation technology”.Despite the fact that the speed of such an Internet was much higher than GPRS, it was still low, and many sites had to be downloaded for a long time, but you could not even dream about such a thing as watching a movie online.
The next stage in the development of data transmission technologies was the emergence of a third-generation wireless network, which is called “3G”. Thanks to this new technology, it has become easy to use the Internet, and the connection has become more stable. Now users of this mobile network can download fast sites and even watch videos online, which was impossible earlier. This technology in our time is quite common. However, it is successfully replacing the fourth-generation technology.
With the development of the Internet and mobile phones, a network was required that is capable of transmitting data over the network even faster and at the same time reducing costs. Then the developers have created a network of the fourth generation - "4G" or "LTE". The name translates as “long-term evolution”, which alludes to the long-term use of technology in the near future.
This technology has enormous advantages in comparison with previous generations and is actively entering our daily life.
LTE technology features
4G technology allows you to transfer data over a wireless mobile network at speeds up to 150 Mbps, which is by far the fastest data transfer over a mobile network. With such a fast speed, any user can open websites instantly and download films in the best quality very quickly. In addition, you can even watch movies in HD-quality online without any problems.
4G coverage is up to 100 kilometers, which is much more than 3G. Also, 4G makes better use of the frequency range, reducing the impact of interference on the wireless network.
LTE technology was created to increase the data transfer speed, reduce the cost and reduce the delay in the transmission of data packets. The fourth generation network performs all these points perfectly. In addition, 4G reduced the costs of mobile operators by 6 times compared with 3G technology, and, therefore, reduced the cost of using services for the consumer.
How can I connect to the LTE network
Almost all modern mobile phones are equipped with the use of a fourth-generation wireless network, but older models do not support this technology.Connect to 4G via mobile is not difficult. It is enough to activate the necessary tariff plan from the mobile operator that provides this service. However, it is important to remember that today 4G coverage may not be everywhere. Basically, the coverage area is located in the central regions of megacities. However, this will change in the future.
To connect 4G on the phone and tablet, you need a special SIM card that you can buy in the offices of the cellular operator. In addition, the laptop will need another usb-modem or a router through which data will be transferred to a laptop or computer. A router or modem is also bought in mobile phone stores.
After purchasing the necessary equipment, it remains only to choose the appropriate tariff. All information on the tariff plans can always be viewed on the website of the cellular operator or specified in the salons of communication where you purchase a modem or router.