Network and connectivity has evolved greatly over the years. Today, we can’t even imagine stepping out of the house without our cellular devices. The very thought that we will be disconnected from the world for a few hours makes us tremble. That’s the power of mobile phones and their connectivity. Over the past decade mobile phones underwent a massive transformation, from just being a device used to text and call to a gadget that can multi-task, click photos, record HD videos, surf the web and much more, there has been a lot of development in this miniscule device. Paramount in making mobile phones connect globally is its internet capability or mobile data.
Mobile data has played a vital role in transforming phones into smartphones. It all started in the 80s when 1G was invented, the ‘G’ stands for generation and so you can understand the terms 2G, 3G and 4G. During the 80s a lot of innovation was going on related to cellular technology and 1G was created as it had a big spectrum for heavy customer use. 1G however was not considered as a data service package as it was an analog technology and created for voice call only, also the absence of smartphones in that era didn’t help.
Fast forward to the 90s and 2G is introduced in India. Because of this technology we are able to use several services today like multimedia messaging, SMS, internet access etc. However good 2G was, it wasn’t fast enough to perform several functions on a smartphone flawlessly and hence in the late 2000s 3G was launched to speed things up. This technology successfully combined development of 2G with the new technology and protocols to provide an impressive data rate. Due to the advent of apps and streaming HD videos on your smartphone 3G speeds were also proving not up-to-the-mark. The need for a faster connection was needed, a new technology that could outmatch home broadband speeds.
And the solution arrived, the year 2012 marked the arrival of 4G in India which could deliver speeds up to a 100 Mbps. It is faster than your home download speeds and performs all the functions of your smartphone flawlessly. LTE is acronym for Long Term Evolution and is a technology developed by 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), LTE helps 4G in achieving its high upload and download speeds.
People in India are amazed by the speed of 4G and its frequently noticed that a majority of our country men carry phones with dual Sims, as most of them have two contact numbers. With the popularity of smartphones in India rising day-by-day, many cellphone manufacturers have started the production of dual sim 4G mobiles in India. With the speedy advancement of mobile technology, only time will tell what the future holds in store and makes us wonder what capabilities a 5G connection will have.
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