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What is 4G LTE?

4G LTE is the currently the fastest commercial network technology available and you an get it from all the major carriers in the United States. 

But what does 4G LTE mean?

4G stands for "Fourth Generation" and LTE stands for "Long Term Evolution".

It all started with the "1G" or "First Generation" which is a distant memory for many of us. 4G systems like LTE and Wi-Max have much faster minimum speeds, which start out at around 5Mbps while also providing more network capacity with less bandwidth cap. 4G LTE over recent years has helped bring residential broadband speeds directly to smartphones. 4G LTE offers speeds of up to 86Mbps for download speeds and 28Mbps for upload speeds. This network technology also offers faster network reaction times due to lower latency and better quality coverage. Overall speeds will vary based of a number of factors such as distance from an antenna, whether you are inside building, the number of users attempting to connect, and the hardware inside your smartphone. 4G LTE, unlike earlier generations of network technology, uses IP technology which is a common protocol for data systems and data transmission. 

LTE or Long Term Evolution is 4G technology with greater speeds. This is possible through new technological advances in radio technology while also increasing radio spectrum per connection, more antenna pads, and more efficient software coding of data transmitted and received. How it works can be broken down rather simply. Your mobile device gets its data over carrier networks. Data rates are limited by the amount of spectrum/bandwidth your carrier can offer at a given time. What was happening prior to 4G was increased amounts of data on one traffic resulted in slowed speeds and queues. 

LTE allows up to add more spectrum from the same or different bands allowing for faster data in larger volume. 

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