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Want to learn the moves to Kala Chashma or catch up on the latest episode of Kapil Sharma’s comedy show, or you want to broadcast your life’s adventures to the world, you’re going to need high speed internet for that. Thanks to the power of telecom technology, you can live life in the fifth gear with 4G. From what an idea sirjee to free welcome offers, 4G has taken over our lives and rightly so.

India is experiencing an Internet Revolution. Millions of citizens who have never used internet are now coming within the fold of the World Wide Web and most of them are experiencing it through their brand new 4G mobile phones. But with every new technology come a lot of questions.

This post aims to answer all your questions about 4G technology, and what are its benefits.

 

What is 4G?

4G stands for 4th generation of mobile networks, it follows 3G and 2G or EDGE networks in the evolution of mobile networks. IMG_0043.JPGWhat is 4G?

 

 What is LTE?

 

LTE stands for Long term Evolution and is a type of 4G network technology. This is the type of 4G network we experience in India.

IMG_0044.JPGHow fast is 4G?

 

 Why is there a need for 4G technology?

 

As millions of new users start using internet every single day, we need faster and more reliable technology to serve the internet to these people. 4G LTE offers users faster, more reliable and widespread mobile internet on smart phones, tablets and other portable devices. Internet speed on 4G networks is up to five to 10 times as fast as that of 3G network.

4G networks have reduced latency compared to 3G networks, making them faster and more responsive for video streaming and online gaming.

4G also provides crystal clear voice calls.

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What 4G band should my phone support?

4G internet is served over a spectrum. While there are potentially 5 bands for 4G spectrum, two are most prevalent and most devices are compatible with these.

When buying a new 4G internet device, make sure it is compatible with the 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz band.

 

Who are the major 4G network providers in India?

Reliance Jio is the only network provider with a pan India license for providing 4G LTE network. Vodafone, Airtel and Idea all offer 4G networks but in select circles. It is best to check the website of your network provider to see whether they provide you with 4G network in your place of residence.

 

What can I do on 4G network?

Faster Internet speeds mean you can load websites faster. Depending on the actual download speed you get from your network provider, you can stream videos or music or live news without any buffering. You can download heavy applications in a matter of minutes and watch full length feature films on the move. 4G also provides faster upload speeds. You can seamlessly broadcast yourself Live on Facebook or YouTube, upload pictures to social media in the blink of an eye as all of this will be super quick on a 4G network.

 

Below is a comparison of what faster internet speeds mean for day to day activities-

 

 

Activity                                                      

 4G Download Time    

 3G Download Time   

 2G Download Time 

Accessing typical web page

 0.1 seconds

0.2 seconds

8 seconds

Sending an e-mail without attachments

<0.1 seconds

<0.1 seconds

0.8 seconds

Downloading high-quality photograph

1 second

4 seconds

3 minutes

Downloading an music track (MP3)

3 seconds

10 seconds

7 minutes

Downloading an application

3 seconds

12 seconds

8 minutes

 

Internet speeds in the world are evolving, but the fastest average internet speed in any given country is South Korea, with 26.7 Mb/s, which is 4.6 times as quick as the global average, according to this Akamai report (2015).

 

Will my 4G phone work on 4G network all over the world?

Different countries serve 4G network over different spectrums. If your phone’s 4G modem does not work on the same frequency as the country you are visiting you’ll likely have to make do with 3G network. Since 4G is a new and developing technology, it will still take some time or 4G modems that work on all frequencies to become mainstream. However, if you buy a flagship smartphone, in all likelihood it is a world phone, which means, the 4G modem will be compatible on most major global networks.

 

Does 4G drain my phone battery faster?

4G phones have great battery life. Phone makers and component suppliers are constantly working on making your devices more battery efficient and faster. While latest chipsets from chip makers such as Qualcomm, Mediatek and Samsung are extremely efficient in locking on to the best 4G network without taxing the phone battery too much, network congestion and patchy networks put pressure on the phone to lock a reliable signal. The amount of battery life your phone enjoys is a result of great hardware and software optimization and also excellent network infrastructure by your service provider.

 

In order to ensure that your phone doesn’t keep running out of juice while you’re surfing on 4G, ensure that you buy a smartphone with a battery of at least 3600 mAh.

 

How can I get 4G?

Get a 4G compatible smart phone/tablet device. Look for a phone/device that supports the 4G LTE 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz bands.

Look for a good 4G network provider with coverage in your area of residence/office.

Get the best 4G data plan for you either with a voice SIM card or a 4G data dongle.

 

The world of 4G is extremely exciting. From the latest episodes of Game Of Thrones, to live cricket matches and prime time news or comedy shows, you can now consume whatever content you want, on the go, with minimum or no buffering. It also gives you the power to create a lot of meaningful content. From live streaming video to uploading pictures and videos to social media, you can bring about a real change by giving a voice to those who need it the most. We hope this clarifies your doubts about 4G technology, stay tuned for more posts on the best 4G devices that your money can buy at your closest Croma store. Abhi toh party shuru huyi hai.