BRUNEI - In case you haven't heard, surfing on your mobile phone just got faster. After months of waiting, 4G LTE has finally arrived in Brunei, and what better way to celebrate this than by upgrading your existing 3G plan to the new 4G plan at DST (or upgrade to a 4G phone in case you're still using a 3G phone).
So there's been a lot of talk about 4G LTE, and everyone is excited about making this jump, envious that our friends overseas are already enjoying its benefits for quite some time. However, despite hearing a lot about it on the media and on the latest smartphone packagings, most consumers still have little understanding about 4G LTE and what the future holds for them with this new technology.
For now, ask any random person what they think of 4G LTE, and the first thing that comes into mind is simply faster internet speeds on smartphones. Well, who doesn't want faster internet speeds on their devices? That's fine and all, but in actual fact 4G LTE is more than just faster speeds.
4G LTE, or Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution, is a network technology for the future, and it's going to be an awesome future, much bigger than the current tech lifestyle we are enjoying today.
Before we go any further, a little history lesson.
The G in 4G stands for generation of wireless technologies. Each generation of wireless technology comes with faster speeds and better performance, and we are now into the fourth generation.
1G, the first generation, was the old analogue cellular systems used during the brick phone days. They're obviously super slow and only supported voice calls.
Next came 2G, which moved cellular systems to digital and the internet for the first time, though it was still very slow, somewhere around 10 to 200 kbps (kilobits per second). This generation brought us smaller digital phones of the Nokia and Ericsson era, with multiple functions such as text messaging and really basic web browsing.