Mobile data speeds have increased too amazingly over the last few years. I’m sure many of you remember when the first internet enabled phones were launched, and GPRS was the in thing. At that point, we were all impressed that it was possible to browse the Internet, receive email, log in to chat sites and communicate with friends from around the world.
As websites and mobile applications grew, mobile internet speeds had to be increased due to the additional demand and to ensure devices would work flawlessly, and that any applications would launch quickly. As we know, by the time the first smartphones were launched we had much faster internet as 3G became available. These days we have the 4G and 4.5G in certain parts around the world. The future of mobile data speed is sure to amaze us, but even with the current speeds, our smartphones can’t keep using those speeds effectively other than downloading big files. This meaning anything faster would be somewhat of a waste unless websites become much more significant, and apps were faster than LTE, which isn’t likely for many years to come.
In this article, we will look at the different types of connections starting with the oldest and slowest, straight through to what’s next and the incredible speeds they plan to reach. It’s important to take into consideration that the speeds mentioned below are operating in perfect condition, however, in the real world, you can, in reality, expect speeds half as fast.
GPRS stands for General Packet Radio Service and is displayed as GPRS or 2G on your device. This device was used for much older mobile phones and won’t be used on any smartphones of today. The speeds can reach up to 114kb/s, but was only used when no faster services were available, such as EDGE. The 2007 iPhone, which is known as the original iPhone used this service.
EDGE came out just after GPRS and is also known mm as G2,5. This would have been displayed as an E on mobile devices and offered speeds up to 400kb/s is perfect conditions. This service provided a faster connection than GPRS, but couldn’t always be found in all areas.
3G and HSPA+
3G is one of the most well-known services and still commonly used to this day. The service can offer speeds up to 384kb/s, but would frequently drop down to EDGE when it’s not in range. This is displayed as 3G on your mobile device and offered the first decent speed internet connect for mobile phones. HSPA+ was the first to provide speeds over 1mb/s, I fact the service could reach speeds of 21mb/s and was displayed as an H or H+ on signal bars.
4G is better known as LTE, which is the most common service found on modern smartphones. It can reach amazing speed of up to 160mb/s, making it the perfect addition to any smartphone as videos, apps, social media and much more can be accessed flawlessly with this connection
4.5G and 5G
4.5G is currently available in the U.K. and is also known as LTE-A. Users can expect speeds up to 300mb/s and it can also handle a lot more users, meaning higher speeds can be achieved. 5G is the next step and is already in process. The U.K. Is expected to experience these speeds by 2022, which will provide up to 1000gb/s or 1tb/s, which extremely fast and will provide users with the ability to download multiple movies within a few seconds.