LTE and 5G: What exactly these are? Same or different ?

LTE and 5G what are these exactly

Introduction of LTE and 5G:

Long Term Evolution is known as LTE in abbreviated form. It is a symbol of increased network capacity for recent mobile users. This is assembled with the 4G wireless broadband technology to offer a great speed to users up to 50 Mbps on average. LTE and 5G.   

With the help of LTE technology, the latency can be reduced drastically maintaining the scalable bandwidth capacity. Besides, it is also useful in backward-compatibility with the current Global Positioning System (GPS) as well as the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS). With long term evolution technology, 4G companies would also get a peak throughput of more than 250 Mbps.


Voice Over Long Term Evolution ( VoLTE ):

This is the latest concept of LTE technology added that allows users to make phone calls over the same network. It makes sense that users can simultaneously use the calling feature on the SIM during the data usage on the device and named as packet voice. By the packet voice, data packets can be shared even after connecting various phone calls at a time.

VoLTE makes users able to re-specify the bandwidth according to the requirement. Intermissions during the conversations on phone calls are not going to drain the power of bandwidth at any time. With the help of packet voice calls, users can also connect to that person who is already busy in any other phone call which is a great feature for the telecommunication industry.

History of LTE:

Global Positioning System was developed by the 3rd generation partnership project, 3G technologies and developed long term evolution ultimately as well.

Until the development of the Global Positioning System (GPS) in the years 1987, any unified model for wireless broadband was not established. Most of the Asian and European parts were using 3G technology-based GSM. While other parts of the world like the United States and Canada were adopted Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) based network for internet access and calling.

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For the development of LTE, one of the most vital telecom operators of Japan NTT DoCoMo proposed this name in the year 2004.  It was then a great wireless international broadband service. Nokia was the other company that came into a similar field providing the features of downloading HD videos and game through LTE technology.

In the year 2007, a multinational telecommunication company of Sweden Ericsson enters into the race and introduced LTE technology with about 150 Mbps speed. Ericsson introduces very first Long Term Evolution Technology in the mobile world congress in the year 2008 with the end-to-end call.  This was the evolution process of long term evolution technology.

LTE advanced:

LTE Advanced (LTE-A) is a term which was experimented in the year 2011 in a European country Spain. As the name suggests, this is an onward version of LTE that has efficiently advanced the radio technology. With the advanced version of LTE, download, and upload speeds of the internet can be increased two and three times more than the conventional long term evolution technology.

What are the differences between LTE and 5G?

In our previous article, we discussed what is 5G and its technology, here we will discuss about difference between LTE and 5G.

LTE and 5G are different terms and both have distinct explanations. 5G technology has a higher frequency band compared to LTE that are managed in the millimeter-wave bands on the radio spectrum with the combination of weaker spectrum band. Hence, 5G architecture has is able to create many bandwidths with the same LTE system. 

Latency is a vital thing for the internet speed and lower latency helps users to get internet at a better speed. The 5G technology has the lower download latency below to 4 milliseconds for mobile, tabs and PCs while less than 1 millisecond for automated cars. Automated cars use the Ultra-Reliable Low Latency for the communication purpose which is around 12 times faster than LTE.

5G provides efficient coverage of the internet worldwide and is deemed as more reliable than LTE. Hence, it can also be said that 5G aims to provide great consistent user experience with a decent internet speed of minimum 100 Mbps that has already proved for the urban areas of the United States. While on the other side, the speed of the 5G network has been working at a good speed with a high-band spectrum consistently.


LTE and 5G are the different terms for the internet. These are providing internet access to most of the internet users in the world where 5G is the recent concept while LTE is an advanced version of 4G technology that covers around 60% area worldwide. However, many countries are in the testing phase of the 5G where Japan, China, the United States, and South Korea are likely to launch first this technology soon. So our conclusion for the article of comparison between 5G and LTE is the faster speed of 5G that will change the concept of internet access after its launch.

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