Many of us sometimes encounter a situation where the topic of the discussion is mobilt bredbånd and Internet speed. There is a lot of arguing going on, but it is really impossible to participate. Why? Simply because the humble man inside many of us has never heard the terms like LTE, EDGE, GSM or etc. Let it be very clear though, you simply cannot survive without having basic information about the general practices involved in the world of Mobile Broadband. This article aims at clearing doubts about some of the scariest looking terms one can find on internet. Let us have a thorough look at them.
Mobile Broadband Generations:
Mobile broadband advertisements are full of terms like 2G, 3G and 4G. Ever wondered what this “G” stands for? It stands for Generation. A generation here means that in a certain time period, an update is made to the existing technology. This involves improving transmission technology, introducing newer frequency bands, widening of the hertz limitations and tweaking a few other things here and there. Well, this whole update leads to a complete phase change. A 3G becomes 4G.
The different generations involve different protocols. Let us have a look at some of them and their grouping, before we define these terms in detail.
2nd Generation: GSM GPRS, GSM EDGE
3rd Generation: UMTS HSPA, UMTS TDD, GSM EDGE EVOLUTION
4th Generation: LTE, LTE advanced, HSPA +
Now let us have a look at what do these stands for:
- GSM stands for global mobile communication.
- GPRS stands for general packet radio service.
- EDGE stands for Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution
- UMTS stands for Universal Mobile Communications System.
- HSPA stand s for High speed packet access.
- TDD stand for Time Division Duplexing
- LTE stands for Long term evolution.
There is a lot of terms right, so which is better. What to be preferred over what? It is just as good if there was a one-line summary of the speed comparisons. Your requirement will totally be based on how you plan to use the internet. For instance, a few GB per month is enough for an average user.
What mobile broadband is most widely subscribed?
Figures keep on toppling as the technology marches on. While 2G ruled over the world in 2011, the situation is quite the antagonistic one at the moment. Over 50 percent of the mobile broadband users have the access to the 4th generation protocols. Even more startling is the fact that the yearly subscriptions for the mobilt bredbånd connections are increasing at a rate of 50 percent. This is despite the lack of proper infrastructures i.e. cell towers and incredibly low speeds in many areas still. A major factor for this exponential growth is the ever so increasing demand of smartphones, which eventually lead to more broadband subscriptions.
There are many questions that are still unanswered, of course. Broadband (Bredbånd) is a field too wide to be summed up in a mere article or so. Hopefully, this article helped you in acquiring a basic understanding of the terminologies!