Mobile internet and mobile networks are two elements that have always gone hand-in-hand. There have been quite some developments over the years that have improved the quality of mobile internet and mobile network. Mobile internet tends to come “bands” that have been developed over the years as the technology was eventually understood in a much better way. These bands started from 1G, then developed into 2G, then 3G, 4G, and now the most recent and most high-tech development has been the introduction of 5G. When these bands were introduced, they brought something new with them each time. Many internet companies need to innovate and provide customers with something new while also something attractive to them. Thus, some telecommunication companies offer bundles, like Xfinity bundles have been quite popular in terms of having an internet, TV, phone, and even mobile data connection which offers customer variety to choose the services in a packages rather then buying each service individually and keeping account for all.
Read on to learn more about the evolution of mobile internet or in short “internet on-the-go”.
The 1G Mobile band
The 1G mobile band was introduced back in the 1980s and it holds the significance of being the first generation of wireless mobile phones. Before that, phones had always been wired but the 1G or First Generation of mobile phones proved to be a breakthrough in technology as people had to stop relying on phones with a cord and this made things a lot easier. Since this was the first-ever generation of mobile phones, they were not as good as the phones today but the technology itself was amazing back in the day in the 1980s. While today’s smartphones have a very sleek and elegant look, these phones were not very visually pleasing but they got the job of making wireless calls done.
The 2G Mobile Band
After the 1G mobile band, there was a significant development in 1991 and the 2G or second-generation mobile band was introduced. The 2G band slowly introduced the idea of SMS that could be sent to other cellphones. After 2G, network companies also introduced 2.5G and 2.75G, out of which 2.5G was commonly called GPRS and 2.75G was EDGE. GPRS and EDGE also served to be a breakthrough as they were the introduction of mobile internet into cellphones, making it possible to access the internet with the comfort of your phone rather than a computer. GPRS typically had a very slow speed of 40kb/s while EDGE was slightly faster, at 384kb/s. This opened the window to the fact that yes, the internet can also be used on mobile phones.
The 3G Mobile Band
The third generation or the 3G technology was introduced back in the mid of 2001. With the introduction of the 3G technology, people could access better internet speeds and could experience better sound quality when it came to calls. While 3G technology had significantly improved mobile internet, it was with the introduction of 3.5G and 3.75G that a major development had been made. Rather than kb/s, the internet data transfer speed had finally reached 1.0mb/s which was a lot faster than what it used to be. With the introduction of the 3G network system, there was also the creation of 3G mobile phones which act as a pioneer for the smartphones that we see today. Such an example of a 3G smartphone is the iPhone 3GS, with which Apple had set the benchmark for touch phones that later came with 3G and above technology.
The 4G Mobile Band
The 4G Network is more commonly called Long Time Evolution or LTE and so far has been the most promising of all the bands. The 4G LTE band was introduced back in 2009 and has been used quite commonly ever since. With the introduction of the 4G technology, mobile companies have also been efficient enough to ensure that their products and smartphones can flawlessly make use of 4G technology. All of us have reliability on 4G currently, until 5G technology is released globally. Where Wi-Fi is not available, 4G LTE works as an amazing alternative to it with its high speeds. 4G networks have also brought much more clarity to voice for calls as well. Up until now, 4G has been the biggest breakthrough in the network industry with its massive developments. The maximum download speed of 4G LTE could go up to 100MB per second. Even though the 4G band has been quite sufficient, network companies such as Qualcomm and many more are working together to bring further improvements into the network with the incorporation of 5G.
The highly anticipated 5G network band
Even though the 5G band has been released, there are still some improvements that are being made to it. 5G acts more like a network environment that is being constantly improved by telecommunication and network companies. 5G was initially introduced back in 2019 with the intention that it would take the place of 4G. 5G is expected to give a much higher bandwidth than that of 4G, and naturally, it is also expected to give higher download speeds, the anticipated speed is about 10 gigabits per second. So far companies like Xfinity have brought forth very robust 5G data plans that have been very convenient for their customers. 5G is expected to bring about a revolution as it is also being incorporated into machines rather than just mobile phones.
So, it’s a wrap with the evolution of mobile internet but who knows what we have in store for the future, let’s keep an eye on it.