What is 4G? How is it different to 3G?
Alternative answer: The Parable of the Mobile Phone BandwidthIn the beginning there was a thing called the telephone. You used it to call someone from somewhere - your house, if you were rich enough.
Then Mr Cooper invented a portable phone.
|Martin Cooper inventor of first mobile phone|
How to do this? First of all you needed a new telephone network with new numbers. And so was born the first generation of mobile telephony.
The first mobiles were gigantic but they soon got smaller and smaller (see Moore's Law). You could write messages on them, too! Even cooler!
2GThen the pointy heads (step forward Mr Jobs) had another idea. Why not use your phone to look up maps or that funny cat on YouTube?
Well at first that it didn’t work very well. Everything was s-o-o-o slow. Come on telephone networks, sort it out!
So the networks in the UK came forward with a plan. Give us more bandwidth please, Mr Government. Then everyone can watch funny cats all day long! For a small charge, of course*
Fine said the Government. We’ll let you have it for a ridiculous price - you can pass it on to your customers. And so was born the third generation of bandwidth: 3G.
3GWe were all more or less happy with 3G most of the time. But hey, these smart phones can download films. We want to watch them right now on our tiny screens - 3G is so slow!
Come on telephone networks, sort it out! Use your money to buy some shiny 4G from the Government.
And so was born 4G ...
*see the terms & conditions of our very expensive contract.