4G technology is the latest technology that aims to speed up communication. 4G technology will increase speed of access for activities such as wireless broadband access and multimedia messaging and allow for widespread use of video chat and mobile television.
These are just some of the common uses that developers feel 4G technology will enhance. Many people believe that the speed of 4G will make it an integral part of everyday life and may soon find its way into items such as household appliances and vehicles.
3G technology is currently in use in the US, and the speed that it moves data is roughly 1 megabit per second. It is anticipated that the new 4G technology will move data at closer to 12 megabits per second.
The difference in speed is not something that most people will notice when talking on the phone or even sending basic text messages, but when connecting to the internet, uploading or downloading files or using a mobile device for video purposes, the speed is important.
The industry uses a term called latency to describe the amount of time it takes for the data to travel. A simple way to understand this is by watching an internet video with a slower connection. You will probably notice skips or stops in the picture. A higher speed will prevent that from happening. That speed translates to more immediate and interactive results with data and video transfers from person to person in other functions as well.