What is 4G LTE and how can it power your internet experience? The best way to understand 4G LTE is to look at it as a wireless broadcasting technology. It is a technology that facilitates data transfer by way of wireless signals, similar to how a wireless router transfers data between computers on a home network.
You can also think of 4G LTE as the long range frequency of the new 5G spectrum. While 5G rollouts are making news in cities across the country its important to note 5G high frequencies 30-60 Giga Hertz only travels about ¾ of a mile and can’t penetrate walls. 4G LTE is the lower bands. 600-2000 Mega Hertz that travels up to 20 miles in open space.
4G LTE Unpacked
It is great that we can tell customers about our 4G rural internet. You understand the challenges of internet and living in a rural setting. But 4G what is 4g?. We are going to unpack 4G LTE into its individual components.
LTE is an acronym that stands for ‘Long-Term Evolution’. The LTE designation was added to the description of mobile networks in order to designate technology that was intended to stick around for long-term use. Over time, that technology evolves. As for the ‘4G’ portion, it refers to the fourth generation of mobile networking.
10 Times Faster
Ever since the introduction of mobile networking, each successive generation of the technology has been designed to improve things. For users, the big thing is speed. Mobile users want online data to load on their phones just as fast as it does their computers. Such high speeds were the impetus behind developing 4G LTE.
It turns out that 4G LTE is about ten times faster than 3G. It is fast enough to allow for seamless videos and music, even on a smartphone or tablet. Back when 3G was the norm, both videos and music stuttered. It was impossible to enjoy music or video content that lasted more than half-a-minute or so. With 4G LTE however, full-length movies and television shows are no problem.
How It Differs from 5G
The main difference between 4G and 5G is how wireless signals are carried. A typical 4G LTE network relies on tall cell towers or masts that can be spaced miles apart. All you need to enjoy 4G LTE speeds is a mobile device and a tower close enough to give you a strong connection.
Wireless signals are delivered differently in the 5G model. Rather than relying on obtrusive cell towers, 5G LTE relies on relatively small transmitter/receiver units spaced closely together. You could create an entire 5G network by installing the devices on utility poles, streetlights, or even buildings.
Theoretically, this increases the speed by reducing latency. Because the distance between transmitter/receiver units is much smaller, latency between those units is either greatly reduced or totally eliminated. Likewise, because there are so many transmitters/receivers in a local area, users are never too far away from one. They experience fewer latency issues as a result.
4G and Your Internet Service
So, what can 4G LTE do for your internet service? It can give you access to the internet even if you live in a rural area. The internet is accessible anywhere you can use a cell phone. You do not need to be hooked up to the cable company or a fiber-optic network. All you need is a 4G LTE router. If you want to know more about Blazing Hog’s 4G rural internet service, give us a shout.