What is 4G mobile? 4G stands for the fourth generation. This was the latest version of the wireless internet, used for mobile devices. Taking 3G to the next level, 4G is faster and more effective when providing connection speeds. It can reach anywhere up to 10 or 20 Mbps, rivalling the lower average speeds of the cabled network in Ireland.
What Do You Need For 4G?
To access 4G, you just need a 4G compatible device which now includes most current generation phones. You also need to make sure that you have a sim card that is suitable for 4G. Before you invest in the services of a provider, make sure that it is available in your area. 4G is still not available in every area across Ireland, and more rural areas may struggle to get the advertised speeds.
You can also access 4G through a dongle that can be connected through a system or device like a laptop to gain the same type of connection.
Who Offers 4G?
If you are using the services of a mobile network in Ireland, you will find that they do offer 4G. Every operator has now committed to the fourth generation of the wireless service. However, the level of support offered may vary.
Vodafone, for instance, suggests you can now use their 4G service in 90% of Ireland including in 500 towns. In contrast, some companies like Three and Eir are still in the process of rolling out 4G network coverage to all areas of Ireland. You can check the coverage map for each network provider to find out whether 4G is available in your area.
How Fast Are 4G Speeds?
4G can be as much as three times faster than the 3G that you might be used to. Typically 4G is fast enough to download medium data files, streaming music and video through a device. It’s even possible to watch HD videos online, and most pages will load in no more than a few seconds.
Currently, 4G is capped at speeds of 20Mbps, but the potential is there for the technology to exceed this boundary. An example would be 4G+, a service trialled by Vodafone that could provide speeds of 150Mbps.
Benefits Of 4G
As well as faster speeds there are various benefits of a 4G setup. For instance, unlike with 3G, services will not be slower in higher buildings or when you are far away from a transmitter. Thick walls will also not impact a 4G service as long as there is a transmitter in the vicinity.
Looking To The Future
While 4G continues to be rolled out through Ireland and is still not available in certain rural areas, some customers and providers are now looking to the next generation, 5G. Though still a fresh idea there are plans to deliver 5G in Ireland with Three already investing €100m to start offering 5G as early as 2019.
The popularity of 4G has caused a reduction in the use of voice and SMS services across Ireland due to the unlimited mobile data packages available by the main companies.