How Fast Is 4G
You hear it on the radio, see ads for it on the TV and even hear about it from all your friends. What exactly is 4G and how fast can you download stuff to your phone? Well, let’s go over a little history on the networks and then we’ll discuss how fast is 4G?
First of all, you’ve probably never heard of 1G or 2G. That’s okay. That’s because these terms really didn’t come into play until the year 2001, when 3G came out and the phone companies decided to lump all of these together.
The first generation of mobile technology, also called 1G, was introduced in 1981. Those old blocky cell phones did in fact transmit data but were prohibitively time consuming and not really cost efficient. 2G, coming out in 1992, was the first phone service to transmit data digitally. As the phones were able to transmit digitally, the cell phones got smaller and lighter. 3G was a newer technology in 2001. It came out with spread spectrum technology, multimedia support and internet capability.
4G is simply the next step in this technology. 4G allows for much faster downloads. Although the peak is listed as 1 Gig (1 GB/s) for a pedestrian source, or one that doesn’t move around a lot, and 100 MB/s for people that are on the go a lot, you won’t get anywhere near this speed.
So how fast is 4G Network download and upload data? Your speeds will always vary with your coverage, and your providers, but these numbers are generally accepted as the norm.
A 3G network will usually transmit data between 700 KB/S and 1.2 MB/s as a download speed and about 200 to 220 KB/S as an upload speed.
A standard 4G network with a good network will download at a speed ranging from 3 to 6 MB/S and an upload speed of roughly 1 MB/s. Considering this is on a phone and you can access it anywhere in the world, that’s pretty quick.
Another thing to look into is 4G LTE. The LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution” and is a higher standard. If you’re willing to fork over a few extra dollars and go for it, you can achieve from your mobile device a speed of roughly 5 to 12 MB/s for downloading and 2 to 5 MB/s for uploading.
All these numbers will vary based on the carrier and provider. If all 4G was the same, the company charging $40 a month would get all the subscribers and the company charging $80 a month plus taxes and fees wouldn’t be. When cheaper phone companies claim to have true 4G, check the speeds. If the speeds are less than 3 MB/s, then you’re not really getting a true 4G experience. The name itself can be applied rather loosely as it refers to a technology that is capable of much faster speeds but does not have to provide them. That should answer your question of how fast is 4g, feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or concerns.