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What do the letters G, E, 3G, H +, 4G and LTE mean on your cell phone?

Discover what each of these connections means and their data download speed

evolution of mobile network
evolution of mobile network

According to figures from the research firm The Competitive Intelligence Unit, during the first quarter of the year 94.4 million smartphones were counted in Mexico, obtaining a growth of 14.3% compared to the same period the previous year.

Of all these smartphones, some have compatible bands for 2G, 3G and 4G networks, but how do we know what type of network we are connected to, what are the speeds we can obtain in this network and what does each of the connections that appear one side of the cellular signal strength.

Well, here we will explain what each of these mobile connections means and what approximate speeds of downloading and uploading data you will have with each of them, starting from the slowest to the fastest.

  • G (GPRS): This second generation network does not allow Internet connection and works only to send SMS and MMS, however, it is still common to see this connection in cell phones with more than 15 years in the market.
  • E (EDGE): It means Enhanced Data Rates for GSM of Evolution (improved data rates for the evolution of GSM), and it is another technology of the second generation networks, however, here it is already possible to connect to the Internet with an average speed of 380kbps (depending on the network), so it will surely cost you a lot to work using Facebook and other services if you are surfing with this mobile connection.


  • 3G (UMTS): Turning to third generation networks, we have the first mobile connection designed for downloading data in “high speed”, ideal for consumption of multimedia content. Its average speed of loading and unloading of data is between 2 and 8 mbps respectively.
  • H + (HSPA): Called High Speed ​​Downlink Packet Access (access upwards of packets at high speed). This mobile connection belongs to the third generation networks and is a remarkable improvement to the classic 3G, in this connection it is much easier to enjoy multimedia content without interruptions because on average we can navigate with a download speed of 14 mbps.

Measurements made by Open Signal in the networks of operators in Mexico between June 1 and August 31.

  • 4G (LTE): According to the operator we use, we can see it as 4G or LTE, which means Long Term Evolution (Long Term Evolution) and according to figures from the International Communications Union, in this fourth generation network, discharge speeds can be reached of data between 100 mbps and 1 gbps, however, to reach this last speed requires equipment that supports this speed and a network with the conditions to do it, although at the moment it can only be achieved in laboratories and controlled tests, so that we talk about a theoretical speed.

Measurements made by Open Signal in the networks of operators in Mexico between June 1 and August 31.

  • 4.5G (LTE): In Mexico we will soon see Telcel’s 4.5G network, which will be able to reach average speeds between 200 and 300 mbps, a considerable speed improvement that will undoubtedly improve the user’s multimedia experience.

  • 5G: Although it is planned for 2020, this will be (in theory) the first network to reach average speeds between 1 and 1.5 gbps, so that Internet connections will be really fast in a few years.

All the speeds mentioned above depend on the network quality of each operator in different countries, however, if you want to see the latest report on the state of the networks and know which operator offers the best connection speeds in our country You can do it here .


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