The 4G Internet connectivity is rolling around the country.  The networks are increasingly making it available in broader geographical areas.  It certainly will be a solution that brings faster Internet to many rural areas of the country and will increase the scope for intensive data activities everywhere.

This article will look at what 4G is and how it’s going to impact on the mobile industry.

What is 4G?

4G is the next standard in mobile Internet connectivity.  Essentially, there is a standard set of characteristics that different connectivity must meet in order to be classified 4G, 3G, 2G etc.  These standards are to do with reliability, speed, latency, and so on.

4G is around 10x as fast as 3G. That would make potential connectivity speeds up to around 14.4MBps.  That is fast even in ADSL broadband terms.  4G coverage is being rolled out around the country and making high bandwidth activities possible. 

What is Available with 4G that wasn’t on 3G?

4G provides the opportunity for face to face communication over one’s smartphone, tablet, or laptop while on the move.  Video streaming is also within its capacity if you can get 4G where you are.  Gaming is pretty intensive but 4G connectivity should be able to handle it in most areas.  So essentially, 4G is bringing intensive activities to our tablets, smartphones, and laptops, on the move.

Who is Offering 4G Connectivity?

All the main mobile networks are going to be offering 4G including Orange Mobile Broadband, Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2, Three Mobile, and so on.  It is going to be the standard for mobile phone connectivity whether you are getting online with a dongle or via your sim card.

Which Smartphones have 4G?

It was suggested that the iPhone 4 would have 4G connectivity but in reality it didn’t have full connectivity to the network.  But the iPhone 5 has 4G connectivity as does the Lumia 920 from Nokia.  Not to be left behind, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Sony Xperia Z also have the ability, as will most of the premium end phones coming onto market in 2013 such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.

 4G connectivity certainly is going to revolutionise the way we use our smartphones, our tablets and our mobile Dongles on the move.

Gone are the days when we are going to be limited in what we can do on the move, here are the days where we can work, play, and video chat to our heart’s content wherever we are.  As the network rolls out, we are going to become more productive and more able to enjoy ourselves on the move whether we are on the train, on a hiking holiday, or just using broadband in our homes.