What Is 2G, 3G, 4G And  LTE | Mobile Internet Explained

What Is 2G, 3G, 4G And LTE | Mobile Internet Explained

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Acronyms are in plenty and we love Acronyms ! Acronyms makes it much easier for us to remember the long names. We are using acronyms almost everywhere, this is a way of having a shorter names for something.

In technology too we have so many acronyms, for example USB ( Universal Serial Bus), SATA ( Serial Advanced Technology Attachment). There are a good number of such acronyms.

When it comes to Wireless Internet services, there are no shortage of acronyms. Did you know what GPRS, EDGE, 2G, 3G, 4G, and LTE stands for? Every Internet users specially smartphone user’s talk of these acronyms, without probably knowing what these stands for and how it works.

TNF will try to explain these Wireless acronym jargon, so you know what is 2G, 3G, 4G and LTE is all about.

See Also : How to Increase 3G Mobile Internet Data Speed

GPRS: Mobile Internet

GPRS stands for General Packet Radio service. This is the slowest and the first modern technology for Mobile Internet data transfer via cellular networks. The alternate name for GPRS is 2.5G also known as second and half generation. This is the slowest form and its speed maxed between 56 to 114 kbits/second.

There are still many interior rural areas where only GPRS exists.

EDGE: Mobile Internet

After GPRS the next technology was named as EDGE ( Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution). This is officially known as 2G, has the speed of 2.9G. The use of cellular Internet network, really started to get popular under this technology. It provided speed up to 1Mbit/second, but averaged 400 kbits/second. Compared to GPRS this was way faster. And usage of mobile internet increased considerably.

This resulted in to development of faster technologies.

3G:Mobile Internet

3G (Third Generation mobile communication) technology finally kicked off the mobile Internet to an unprecedented level. With its major speed boost up to a maximum of 28 Mbit/S. In fact 3G technology made mobile Internet more accessible as a whole.

Today most areas where cellular services are available, are well covered with 3G service, so anyone can access Internet practically from anywhere.

4G and LTE: Mobile Internet

Today big towns and cities are enjoying 4G service (4th. Generation mobile communication). There has been a tremendous improvement over 3G service, with data speed up to 100 Mbits/S. Recently cellular networks has modified this and is known as LTE (Long term Evolution). This technology is now marketed as one unit 4G LTE. This improvement on 4G network provides data transfer speeds up to roughly 300 Mbits/s.

However to access this 4G LTE service your smartphone, whether Android or iPhone must be capable of receiving LTE and not just 4G, to be able to use “4G LTE” signal.

4G LTE wireless data service has completely revolutionized wireless data transfer technology, its as good as your cable or DSL service providers.


These wireless technologies has been evolving very fast, so we can expect a much faster ,better and stable wireless technology very soon. It has been projected that 5G (5th. generation) technology will become the standard by 2020.

One thing is for certain, as our need for speed is increasing, 5G will come sooner than we expect.