What Does LTE Stand For?

If you own one of the latest smartphone models available in the market then chances are you have heard of the term LTE. This will usually appear on your phone screen once you turn on your mobile data connection. Basically, LTE or Long Term Evolution is a 4G wireless broadband standard. Right now this is the fastest network ( at least 10 times faster than a 3G network) for mobile devices and has replaced the now outdated 3G technology.

To take advantage of LTE the network must support this technology and the phone that you are using should be an LTE capable device. The internet speed that you will be getting on your phone will be significantly faster than a 3G connection however this will depend on several factors. These factors include your location with respect to the network towers, the number of consumers connected to the tower using the LTE network, and signal interferences among others.

Some of the advantages that the end consumer will get when having an LTE connection are as follows.

  • Faster upload and download speeds.
  • Low data transfer latency. Those who play online games on their mobile phones will know this as lag. The lower the lag or latency the better the reaction time when playing with games.
  • Enhanced mobile device support.
  • Can be used to make clearer voice calls using VoLTE ( Voice over LTE).