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4G is here - Lister Communications fill in the gaps for you on 4G and what 4G can do.

PUBLISHED: 16:45 30 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:15 20 February 2013

4G is here -  Lister Communications fill in the gaps for you on 4G and what 4G can do.

4G is here - Lister Communications fill in the gaps for you on 4G and what 4G can do.

This month (November) will see the launch of the first 4G mobile phone services in the UK. Lister Communications fills in the gaps for you on 4G and what 4G can do.

4G is here - Lister Communications fill in the gaps for you on 4G and what 4G can do.

This month (November) will see the launch of the first 4G mobile phone services in the UK. Lister Communications fills in the gaps for you on 4G and what 4G can do.

4G (or LTE), as the name suggests is the fourth generation of mobile communications and picks up where its predecessor, 3G, leaves off. Boasting speeds of up to 10x faster than that of 3G, 4Gs potential of 100mbps upload and download has the capability of making current landline broadband speeds (at roughly 8mbps) look like dial up internet connections by comparison.

The main difference between the two is data. The current 3G network was primarily designed for voice communication, when the 3G network went live smartphones and tablets were still a long way off. As mobile phones have developed into smartphones and tablets have evolved theres been a continually higher demand for fast data transfers. Therefore the 4G network has been designed with this very thing in mind, meaning things like streaming videos will work better on a 4G device with less stuttering and a higher resolution , video calling will be available over the mobile network, not just on WiFi, and be quicker with less lag, online gaming, web browsing and music downloads will all benefit too.

Although data plays a huge part in the step change from 3G to 4G, there are a number of other benefits to businesses as well. Part of the 4G proposal in the UK, Ofcom laid out a set of rules that must be adhered to before 4G can be rolled out. As part of this, one 4G network provider will have to extend coverage to at least 98% of the UK population, bringing high-speed coverage to current dead-spot areas.

Mobile phone call security will also be improved using 4G, simply because of how the information will be delivered. All of the calls will be made using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) so everything is transmitted through the internet. While VoIP has been partially adapted by 3G, one of the main aims for 4G is to keep hackers at bay, while keeping service costs down.

A new 4G compatible mobile phone will be required to access the technology and initially 4G will only be available in major cities with the rest of the country being brought online over the next 24 months.

New 4G compatible mobile phones available at launch will include:

Apple iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 820

HTC One XL

Huawei Ascend P1 LTE

Lister Communications based in Stonehouse provides mobile and fixed line services to businesses throughout the Cotswolds.

If you would like to know more visit www.lister-communications.co.uk or call 01453 829230.


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