Is LTE always 4G?

Is it true that LTE is always 4G (as in proper 4G speeds), but 4G doesn't always mean LTE?

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Pondlife  Aug. 31, 2012 at 16:02

Technically LTE isn't 4g under original naming as it doesn't meet the 1gbps for stable connections or 100mbps for fast moving connections. LTE A will reach that but not the current version.

4G could also be Wimax2 or if accepting LTE as it is then Wimax fits too.

Course depending on where you are in the world, hspa+ 42mbps or even the lowly 21mbps might be considered 4g but not in the uk, not that uk has any 42mbps hspa+ anyway.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 31, 2012 at 16:45

I was under impression that 3 is rolling out 42mbps HSPA+

Pondlife  Aug. 31, 2012 at 16:53

Yeah I did see that a while back but don't think it happened and haven't seen any 42mbps phones

Does appear that o2 did though.. though given Matt's disgust at their network that's more amusing than useful.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 18:06

LTE isn't true 4G but it's as close as anyone outside of a research lab is going to experience for the foreseeable future (especially here in the UK). Talking of the UK, here, only LTE is allowed to be branded as "4G". In the US 21mbps and above HSPA is allowed to be branded as 4G (even though it's not 4G in any way, shape or form).

3 have begun their HSPA+ 42 roll-out, AFAIK. I think the only things that can take advantage of it at the moment is mobile broadband dongles, there are no phones sold in the UK which can use it.

I hadn't heard about O2 starting their own 42mbps roll-out, it'll have a coverage area about the same size as the inside of a phonebox, so it'll be bloody useless for lots of people. O2 need to improve their 3G coverage, not their 3G speeds. If you can actually get O2 3G it operates at a perfectly reasonable speed.

Ironically, 3 and O2 are the two networks I'd never use for my main phone. They're just not reliable enough for 2G and 3G, respectively.


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