Understanding Data Connectivity
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The 3rd Generation data connectivity mode is marked as ‘3G’ on your mobile phone’s display. It was considered as the standard for top mobile data speeds just before the arrival of 4G/LTE technology. 3G offers twice the data speed compared to that of EDGE, with a maximum data speed of 384 kbps.
By using 3G, you can browse the internet completely, download files, and even stream media with ease. However, keep in mind, faster signal speeds such as 3G use your data allowance quicker compared to GPRS or EDGE.
As technology advances, we also come across Evolved High-Speed Packet Access or HSPA+ which is the latest form of 3G technology. It’s displayed using the symbol ‘H’ on the smartphones. The accessible speed for HSPA+ can either be 14.4Mbps or 21Mbps depending on the network and the device. While a data speed of 42Mbps is only possible on some networks.
With HSPA+, you can have a better internet experience and perform more demanding internet tasks compared to that you can have on fixed-line broadband.
4G/LTE symbol stands for Long Term Evolution which is considered as the fastest internet connection type around the world. 4G offers 10 times faster speeds compared to that of 3G or HSPA+. That’s why the latest smartphones are equipped with LTE radios through which you can get access to superfast broadband speeds.
4G users can experience high-quality and high-speed internet with high capacity. Moreover, it offers improved security and lowers the cost of voice and data services, multimedia, and internet over IP. Numerous applications like HD mobile TV. 3D television, video conferencing, cloud computing, and gaming services can also be accessed easily using 4G technology.
Fifth Generation | 5G
The upcoming technology that is expected to take this world by the fastest internet speeds is Fifth Generation 5G. It will give a maximum internet speed of 35.46 Gbps which would be 35 times faster than 4G. Other features that users can experience on their 5G-supporting devices include improved wireless coverage, device-to-device communication, and better battery consumption.
Though there are different modes of data connectivity on your mobile device, the signal quality and strength can get affected by various factors like weather conditions, buildings, trees, and other such obstructions, wireless interference from microwaves and power lines, and high demand and usage.
Learn New Terms
SMS is the most widely used type of text messaging. With an SMS, you can send a message of up to 160 characters from your device to another device. Longer messages normally split up into multiple messages.
With an MMS, you can send a message that consists of a picture, audio, or video content from one device to another. MMS uses the 2G data package to send the message.
The static web page means the page consists of the same prebuilt content each time it is loaded. If the content of the web page can be generated on-the-fly, it’s known as Dynamic web page.
Media streaming means a continuous transmission of audio or video files from a server device to a client device. Simply media streaming happens when users watch TV or listen to podcasts on their devices while connected to the internet.
The main difference between downloading and streaming media is that the latter one is real-time and more efficient than downloading media files. If an audio or video file is downloaded, a copy of the entire file is saved on the hard drive of the receiver’s device. Moreover, the audio or video cannot be played until it’s completely downloaded.
On the other hand, in streaming, the browser can play the audio or video file without actually copying and saving it. The file that’s being played on the client device can be stored remotely, and it can be transmitted in a few seconds over an internet connection.