Last week, Warid officials had met with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman Ismail Shah to discuss the introduction of 4G LTE.
Here is a detailed account of 3G, 4G, and 4G LTE, given by a Warid lover.
Both 4G and 4G LTE refer to networking standards that are starting to replace the older
3G data networks used by wireless carriers, but they all use different technology.
For those pondering the abbreviations, “3G” stands for Third Generation, “4G” stands for Fourth Generation and “4G LTE” stands for Fourth Generation, Long Term Evolution.
4G LTE is the most advanced in terms of speed.
The general claim is that 4G LTE networks can download data at speeds between 5 and 12
megabits per second — enough for smooth streaming for live video and better response
times for online multiplayer games. (Data-transfer speeds from the network to mobile
devices like smartphones and tablets vary due to factors like the carrier and coverage area.)
In comparison, the realistic download speeds for 4G networks can range anywhere from 3 to 8
megabits per second, depending on congestion, the wireless carrier and the specific technology
the company has used for its data network. The older 3G networks can typically download data
around 800 to 950 kilobits per second.
While 4G LTE speeds are impressive, there is a downside. 4G LTE networks are still under
construction in many places and coverage is not available all over the country yet.