4G Vs LTE
We finally have both of our nation’s networks up and running on this new network called 4G LTE. I was reading an article earlier this week in regards to an interview Dennis O’Brien (Digicel Founder/CEO) did in the Irish Times, and it spoke to the extremely low adoption rate of LTE across all of the markets. So it got me thinking, and asking the question of, do people even care or know what LTE really is here in the Caribbean? I wanted to just take the time to break down what LTE and why it’s important to move the Caribbean forward.
Who are the ITU-R?
“The ITU Radiocommunication Sector is one of the three sectors of the International Telecommunication Union and is responsible for radio communication.” – Wikipedia
As Defined By The ITU-R...
Are We being lied to???
Now I know exactly what you are thinking, these companies around the world have lied to us consumers yet again!!! Well technically, no they have not. Yes, the wording used by them would bring a smile to any wordsmith’s face and there has been extremely clever marketing going on here but they haven’t lied. You see, as per the ITU-R, as long as the companies can showcase a significant improvement over the 3G standards, they were in full compliance with the guidelines for 4G LTE and are in the clear.
If you thought that was confusing, have you heard about LTE-A (LTE-Advance)??? Lol, basically LTE-A is a step closer to the speed requirements for 4G that was set way back in 2008, 100/mbps. They are in the works of fully developing all of the standards to define 5G, so we still have some waiting to do for that.
I remember hearing about LTE for the first time and I thought it was the dumbest name to give a network. Why not Thunderbolt, or anything remotely associated with speed. It was not until recently, I realised that Long Term Evolution was a guideline for 4G.
I personally think they should have named it 4G LITE!!!! Now that would have made sense, and set our expectations accordingly. So regardless of the speeds you receive while your phone says 4G or LTE, it is significantly faster than 3G and the Telecom companies around the world are in the clear. Digicel’s current network is rated to have a max speed of 75mbps in testing. There are a ton of variables that will impact the actual speed you receive, which I will cover in another blog.