So What Exactly is LTE?

Posted on: October 23rd, 2012 by Henno Kruger 1 Comment

Many of your reading this post may be in the dark about LTE that is being rolled out in some South African cities by the mobile phone networks. Today I’m giving you some detailed info about LTE. I trust that you’ll find this information useful.

Most of you are familiar with 3G when it comes to mobile phone connections. LTE is basically an upgrade of that and is marketed as 4G LTE generally. According to Wikipedia LTE (or Long Term Evolution) can be defined as a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals. LTE is based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies and increases the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements.

According to Vodacom (South Africa’s largest Mobile Network), LTE can be up up to 3 times faster than 3G. In ideal conditions connection speeds can reach up to 60 Mbps, but the general consensus is that South Africans will be able to reach about 10 Mbps on average. The delay experienced (or latency) is also much lower on LTE.

Higher speed and lower latency basically means a much more stable user experience. Users can expect stutter-free video, gaming and almost instantaneous music and picture downloads. There is also less of a chance that a download will bomb out halfway through. The good news is that you may never have to restart a download ever again.

LTE coverage is limited to a few cities in South Africa. It also depends on mobile network that you are using. Because of this users that are using LTE will be reverted back to 3G connectivity if they are outside areas that don’t have LTE coverage.

Vodacom, Cell C, MTN and 8ta have all announced the roll-outs of their LTE networks recently. This is great news for South Africans who are hungry for faster connection speeds when it comes to mobile phones and the internet. Over the last year South Africa’s internet user count has reached the 10 million mark. I’m pretty sure that this count should rise significantly once the public start utilizing LTE technology.

LTE is also great news for smart phone users. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 support LTE. The increased connection speed should ensure a better smartphone experience.

Are you excited about LTE? Leave a comment on this post and let us know what you think, we’d like to hear from you! If you’ve found this post useful, feel free to share this post with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

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Henno Kruger

Henno Kruger

Social Media Contributor and Blogger at Junk Mail Publishing.
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One Response

  1. imraan says:

    I doubt very much most networks will get it right to bring us lte,they cant even give us proper 3G ,i live in the florida area and vodacom and cell c’s coverage is pathetic to say the least,anyway thanks for the update.

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