Technology

Difference Between 4G and LTE

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Main Difference

Most of the people are familiar with 3G technology. But only few of them knows about 4G and LTE. It is very important to understand them when it comes to the matter of selecting advanced technology and high standard network for smartphone. 4G and LTE are considered as the most advanced technologies of the modern era.

What is 4G?

4G, stands for Fourth Generation, is the fourth generation of mobile telecommunications that provides mobile broadband and internet access besides usual voice and other services. Examples include, wireless modems in laptops and smartphones. Mobile web access, IP telephony, online gaming, HD and 3D mobile TV, video communications, and cloud computing are the services generally provided by the 4G. An IMT-Advanced (International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced) cellular system is required for the usage of 4G.

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What is LTE?

LTE, stands for Long-Term Evolution, is a high speed wireless communication service for mobile phones and data terminals. It is based on the Global System for Mobile (GSM)/Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS)/ High Speed Packed Access (HSPA) network technologies. All these technologies increases the capacity and speed by using a different interface together with core network improvements. It is more advanced than 4G having data speeds of 1 Gbit/s at peak download and 500 Mbit/s at peak upload.

Key Differences

  1. LTE is more advanced technology as compare to LG.
  2. LTE downloading and uploading speed is greater than LG. LTE can download data 5-12 Mbit/s. While 4G provides downloading speed of 3-8 Mbit/s.
  3. 4G service is available in many countries while LTE is still under process that’s why it is not available in most of the countries.
  4. 4G is based on the technology of ITU- R (International Telecommunication Union-Radio-communication) while LTE is based on Global System for Mobile (GSM)/Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS)/ High Speed Packed Access (HSPA) network technologies.
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Harlon Moss

Harlon currently works as a quality moderator and content writer for Difference Wiki. He graduated from the University of California in 2010 with a degree in Computer Science. Follow him on Twitter @HarlonMoss

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