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Differences between gprs, edge, 3g, hsdpa, hspa+ and 4g

Discussion in 'General Mobile Network Tutorials' started by ghost13, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. ghost13

    ghost13 Addict Established

    While conversing with a friend I was asked the differences between GPRS, EDGE and 3G, decided to share my little knowledge about the topic in case you might be confused about it too.

    Before advancing, it should be known that 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G etc refers to the different generations of wireless communication technology characterized by having a defined range of speed.

    GPRS(General Packet Radio Service)
    GPRS is a packet-based* wireless communication service. It is a 2G technology network that support a download speed of up to 114Kbps.
    Limitation of GPRS is that GPRS data cannot be sent while a voice call is in progress.

    EDGE(Enhanced Data GSM Evolution)
    GPRS and EDGE are both 2G technology but EDGE is significantly faster with a download speed of up to 384Kbps. EDGE is sometimes called a 2.5G network as it also has some characteristics of a 3G network but it doesn't satisfy the specification.

    3G
    Introduction of 3G network made video calling and seamless strêâmïng of video possible, with download speed of up to 3.1Mbps.

    HSDPA(High-Speed Down-link Packet Access)
    It is based on the 3G network and an enhancement to 3G. Thus has a faster speed, download speed can be up to 14Mbps. HSDPA is sometimes called 3.5G.

    HSPA+(Evolved High-Speed Packet Access)
    HSPA+ is an evolution HSPA(HSDPA&HSUPA). It is a 4G technology that allows download at a rate of up to 168Mbps.

    4G LTE(Long Term Evolution)
    LTE is a 4G communication standard that supports HD video strêâmïng, download speed as high as 299.6Mbps.

    Summary
    GPRS(114Kbps) < EGDE(368Kbps) < 3G(3.1Mbps) < HSDPA(14Mbps) < HSPA+(168Mbps) < 4G/LTE(299.6Mbps)

    By the way, I posted this using a GPRS connection.

    *Packet-based means data is broken into packets before being transmitted.http://www.phcorner.net/attachments/876432_4g-speeds_jpgd4aebadbf9b3581c7395be9aa4ce0ba4
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  2. im0nlyme

    im0nlyme Grasshopper Established

    How about WCDMA. What does it mean?
     
  3. ghost13

    ghost13 Addict Established

    WCDMA is Wideband is a 3G technology that is often used in tandem with GSM to provide both 2G and 3G capabilities within the same area of coverage WCDMA can offer much faster speeds and take advantage of the more recent services that cannot be found within basic 2G.CDMA is a 2G technology while WCDMA is a 3G technology.
     
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  4. dagdag kaalaman.. ayos ah..(y)
     
  5. im0nlyme

    im0nlyme Grasshopper Established

    Thanks for the info :)
     
  6. Mister M

    Mister M PHC Master Established

    nice thread po keep sharing! may natutunan din ako hehehe (y)
     
  7. ghost13

    ghost13 Addict Established

    thanks bro :D
     
  8. yus15

    yus15 Support Team Staff Member Support Team

    Salamat sa information (y)
     
  9. Mister M

    Mister M PHC Master Established

    wala anuman! po
     
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  10. S Ron

    S Ron Forum Veteran Established

    Salamat sa pag share boss (y)
     
  11. Salamat as info sir.!!
     
  12. thanks for the info boss(y)
     
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