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3G vs. 4G

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The switching technique for 3G is packet switching and 4G has message switching along with packet switching.
The services and applications in 3G are CDMA 2000, UMTS, EDGE etc, and 4G has Wimax2 (first used in South Korea) and LTE-Advance (First used in Oslo, Norway).
3G has data throughput range up to 3.1 Mbps with an average speed range between 0.5 to 0.15 Mbps. On The Other Hand. 4G provides 12 to 16 Mbps but estimated to do much more than it. 3G provides peak upload rate of 5 Mbps and 4G provides it of 500 Mbps.

What is 3G?

It actually stands for “Third Generation“. This technology is based on the set standards for mobile phone, by this technology you can have coverage of text messages, voice calls and also gives fast access to the internet. It has capability to carry larger amount of data, 3G finds application in wireless voice telephony, mobile internet access, fixed wireless internet access, video calls and mobile TV. It is a new generation of cellular standards after 1G and 2G. The mobiles used for this are called “Smartphones”, This technology cannot be used on the cell phones made for 1G and 2G. This opened up paths for new mode of communication, video calling enabled for 3G. On this we can download audio, video in excessive amount.

What is 4G?

It actually stands for “Fourth Generation“, it is the fourth generation of mobile telecommunication technology, launched in 2008, succeeding 3G and preceding 5G. A 4G system in addition to the usual voice and other services of 3G, provides mobile broadband internet access, for example to laptops with wireless modems, to smart phones, and to other mobile devices. Potential and current applications include amended mobile web access, IP telephony, gaming services, high definition mobile TV, Video conferencing, 3D television, and cloud computing.

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