What is the meaning of 4G and 4G+ ? Advantages of 4G & Future

The mobile and telecommunication industry has witnessed a huge transformation. The network has evolved from 2G and 3G to 4G and 4G+. 4G wireless network, which is the fourth generation of cellular network, was first launched in India by Bharti Airtel in 2012 and comes without the incapacities of its predecessor 3G. It enables you to download content in seconds, stream music and videos with minimal buffering, low latency. All this is possible due to the evolution in mobile network technology. It is not just the next generation in mobile communications but it also has high performance level.

Along with 4G, you might have often noticed the ‘4G+’ symbol on your smartphone, which is nothing but an improved version of 4G. 4G+ is also known as ‘LTE-A’ or ‘LTE Advanced’ in a few countries. It is much faster than the latter as it transfers more data through the network system, which eventually adds to a better user experience. 4G can reach speeds up to 100Mbps, while the 4G+ (LTE-A) can reach up to or over 1Gbps, with less than a few milliseconds of latency. A 4G+ compatible device is required to use the service.

What is the 4G+ technology?

4G+ technology is a blend of various different technologies. It works using carrier aggregation that lets 4G+ enabled devices to receive data from multiple bands or frequencies at the same time, which doubles your internet speed.

  • 4G+ gives you faster Internet that facilitates online multiplayer gaming, multiple downloads of heavy files, streaming High Definition movies and videos with minimal buffering and many more data heavy tasks.
  • It can handle switching between cell phone towers more efficiently, which ensures fewer connectivity issues which we usually face while travelling
  • Higher bandwidth
  • It will help in the deployment of 5G technology…..

But how will 4G+ help the deployment of 5G?

5G technology is the upcoming fifth generation of cellular technology which has features that can enhance the mobile capabilities with its enormous features. According to mobile operators, 5G will open new opportunities to users. In near future, 5G network will be developed on the existing infrastructure of the 4G network. Urban areas will witnes the initial deployment; hence the devices will have 4G LTE connection. 5G compatible devices will soon be introduced in the market bringing along super fast internet speeds, enhanced connectivity due to improved bandwidth, zero-latency and efficient upload and download speeds.

4G vs 5G bandwidth

5G will also revolutionize IoT (Internet of Things). This will in turn power the industries providing services and apps to manage complex IoT ecosystems. The emergence of 5G will have major impact on wide range of industries like healthcare, education, transportation, entertainment, defense, aviation, architecture and many more.

Airtel has recently announced the deployment of India’s first state-of-the-art Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology which is a key enabler for 5G networks. “It is a pre-5G technology that will make the network future ready for meeting the data demand coming from digital revolution and data explosion in India. Customers can enjoy these faster data speeds on their existing 4G mobile devices without any upgrades or plan change. Massive MIMO deployment uses green technology and thus helps reduce carbon footprint.” (Source – http://tiny.cc/gf0xdz).