Difference Between 4G, LTE and Volte?

Life without data connectivity is also difficult to imagine because we use our smartphone more than 100 times a day to share messages, calls and updates of our lives with our friends. In such a situation if connectivity is slow or poor then fret is bound to happen.

We spend hours daily with the Internet. In a way, the Internet has revolutionized our lives. But have you ever wondered how this amazing technique works and what the words related to it mean? So let's understand the mobile terminology.


4G means fourth generation cellular network technology. It is currently the most modern and fastest network of its kind in India. 4G technology is better than 3G. In this, customers get better speed and better connectivity. Airtel4G users will be well aware of its benefits. For any network to be called 4G, one has to meet the standards of International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R) related to Global Standard ie International Mobile Communications-Advanced. Only after fulfilling these conditions can a telecom operator call its network 4G. A 4G network has to fulfill several conditions. These include:

  1. All-IP Packet Switched Network
  2. Interoperability with existing wireless standards
  3. Data speed up to 100 Mbps for high mobility and 1 Gbps data speed for low mobility
  4. Smooth handover
  5. Uninterrupted connectivity and global roaming


Lets now move to 4G LTE, which is often considered another name for 4G. But actually it is a type of 4G which means better speed wireless broadband connection. It is difficult for the telecom companies to meet the scale of 4G set by ITU-R. In such a way LTE is a way through which 4G speed can be achieved and it is one step ahead of 3G speed. LTE-Advanced, likewise, is one step above LTE, which takes you very close to the fixed 4G speed with better speed and also provides better network stability.


LTE not only provides good data speed but also calls can be made over LTE network. It is also called VoLTE (Voice over LTE). LTE is capable of carrying more data than older 3G networks, so you get better call quality and better network coverage within the home or office than ever before.
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