From Zero to 5G

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Thanks to cutting edge technology, we’ve become more and more connected, communicating with one another via text, audio, images and video – all while on the move. We break down just how far we’ve come from 1G to 5G

Generation 1G (1970-1980s)

Speed

14.4 Kps

Technology

AMPS, NMT, TACS

Key Features

Voice-only services

Generation 2G (1990 - 2000)

Speed

9.6/14.4 Kps

Technology

TDMA, CDMA

Key Features

Voice and data

sevices

Generation 3G (2004 – 2005)

Speed

3.1 Mbps

500-700 Kbps

Technology

CDMA2000 (1XRTT, EVDO),

UMTS, EDGE

Key Features

Voice, data and multimedia

support for smartphone

apps, faster Web browsing,

video calling and TV streaming

Generation 3.5G (2006 – 2010)

Speed

14.4 Mbps

1-3 Mbps

Technology

HSPA

Key Features

All the services from 3G

networks with enhanced

speed and mobility

Generation 4G (2010 onward)

Speed

100-300 Mbps

3-5 Mbps

100 Mbps (Wi-Fi)

Technology

WiMax, LTE, WiFi

Key Features

High speed, high quality

voice over IP, HD multimedia

streaming, 3D gaming,

HD video

For all things mobile, check out the rest of this article in our upcoming special issue on the Mobile Phone (Asian Geographic No.135 Issue 2/2019 ) or you can also check out our past issues here or download a digital copy here

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