4G LTE explained and why it matters


When you hear about 4G LTE technology and how it makes communication simple, it is easy to assume that it was always that simple. No it wasn’t. Just a like a baby is born, and they crawl, walk, run and later become an adult, mobile telephony was always this amazing.

Let us look at the evolution of mobile for second. Before all of this, there was 1G mobile technology. It refers to the first generation of mobile technology introduced in the 80’s and completed in the 90’s. 1G established seamless mobile connectivity introducing mobile voice services. The tech even though amazing, was analog and had multiple limitations. For instance, it could support voice only which wasn’t of the best quality at the time. Phones were huge with poor battery life and general limited capacity.

Then came 2G which at the time was a miracle in and of itself. 2G increased voice capacity delivering mobile to the masses based on GSM technology. Calls became clearer, phones became smaller and more affordable. 2G tech was digital and not analog like 1G enabling services like SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi Media Message). The ability to send a message that arrived instantly to the recipient in the age of penpals and post box letters was like magic, while we marveled at that, we were soon able to send images in a text.

In between, came 2.5G which now enabled transfer of data digitally using GPRS and EDGE technologies. These were the times when you could make phone calls, send and receive e-mail, web browsing etc. This was when color wallpaper, MP3 and polyphonic ringtones were a thing. If you remember, that was the time when if you could download MP3 ringtones from Waptrick in 20 minutes at 64-144kbps, you were the king.

When 3G tech came in early 2000, everything changed. At this point you could theoretically hit 2mbps from 144kbps. It was this quantum leap that led us to smartphones a few years later. With better bandwidth and higher transfer speeds, we could now run web based applications, transfer high resolution photos, videos, high speed web browsing, video conferencing, send and receive large emails all with better security than before. At this point, mobile TV and video streaming became a thing. Life was now shifting online.

Enter 4G. Everything about 3G didn’t seem as attractive anymore. Life was now online. Calls are now internet based like Skype, WhatsApp, Telegram among others. Entertainment is now on Youtube, Netflix and Soundcloud. From what now seems like the snail speeds of 2G we now could hit up to 100mbps theoretically.

While we were still excited about 4G, came 4G LTE promising even better speeds. With speeds of over 6mpbs in Uganda, we now can browse the web faster, share or download large files online, stream music and videos without buffering, make crystal clear voice and video calls plus so much more. You can do all this and so much more with Vodafone’s 4G LTE network. With a Vodafone 4G LTE MiFi, router or SIM, you could connect multiple devices to the internet and enjoy blistering speeds.