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

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Speed

14.4 Kps

Technology

AMPS, NMT, TACS

Key Features

Voice-only services

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Speed

9.6/14.4 Kps

Technology

TDMA, CDMA

Key Features

Voice and data

sevices

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Speed

171.2 Kps

20-40 Kbps

Technology

GPRS

Key Features

Voice, data, mobile Internet,

low-speed streaming services

and email services

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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

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Speed

14.4 Mbps

1-3 Mbps

Technology

HSPA

Key Features

All the services from 3G

networks with enhanced

speed and mobility

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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

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Speed

1-10 Gbps

Technology

LTE advanced schemes,

OMA, NOMA

Key Features

Super fast mobile Internet,

low-latency network for

mission-critical applications,

Internet of Things, security

and surveillance, HD

multimedia streaming,

autonomous driving and

smart healthcare applications

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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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