The simplest explanation of 3G and 4G is that the “G” stands for generation. It speaks to the generation of mobile data technology. LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution” and is defined by the idea of bettering wireless broadband speeds in order to meet the demand for faster mobile internet.
What is 4G?
4G refers to the fourth generation of mobile data technology. It is designed for mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets. Mobile service providers found that there was a need to browse and consume content faster on mobile devices, hence the upgrade from 3G to 4G. These faster connection speeds allow people to freely browse the internet, watch videos, read articles, check emails and more, all from the palm of their hand.
What is LTE?
Due to new broadcasting methods, and the introduction of new platforms on the internet like Snapchat, Netflix, Showmax and Instagram, the need for even faster internet speeds became evident.
This was one of the reasons that LTE came about. But what is it? LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, and can handle higher speeds than 4G. Having said this, you may have come across the term LTE-A. This is Long Term Evolution Advanced which offers greater stability than normal LTE and even faster internet speeds. It works by allowing you to download data from multiple sources all at the same time, instead of trying to connect to the strongest signal in your vicinity.
Choosing the best connection
So, which connection is best for you? Essentially, 4G works and works well on mobile devices in South Africa, especially if you like sharing photos on social media or watching videos on YouTube. LTE is faster and should be considered if you enjoy live streaming video content. It also works well if you’d like to connect multiple devices to the internet in your home. If you’re an online gamer and need a bit of extra stability to ensure a great experience, we would suggest giving LTE-A a try, especially if you don’t have fixed line services available in your area.