What is LTE technology?

LTE is an acronym that has been branded around the cell phone market for some time now. But what is LTE, and what does LTE mean? This page is going to provide you with a quick and easy insight into what LTE technology is all about, including some information on LTE phones and whether you can get the LTE network in the country, or area, that you live in.

If you are interested in the LTE network then you might also find the following pages useful as well:

  • What is 3g technology?
  • What is 4g technology?
  • What is GSM?

What does LTE mean?

Much like you shorten words and phrases in your messages to each other with texting acronyms and text message abbreviations, the term 'LTE' is the same thing. It is three words shortened to an acronym, for which they are better known. So what does LTE mean?

The words in the acronym LTE are displayed below in a simple LTE definition:

L - Long
T - Term
E - Evolution

Long term evolution is the quickest wireless broadband internet connection that there is on a cell phone. It is designed to support roaming internet access, so basically when you are out and about and want to access the internet on your phone, when there is no wifi network to connect to. It is fast becoming the standard platform for cell phone networks, and cell phone manufacturers as it is 10 times faster than 3G and 4g systems that are yet to upgrade themselves to LTE technology. This is 10 times faster when it comes to downloading music, photos and movies, as well as a much faster browsing experience online. LTE is able to support downloads of 300 megabits per second, however despite this being what is it capable of, an individual subscriber to the network will find that the speed is significantly less. Although it will still be far superior to the 3g network and other networks that are currently used.

Because LTE is far superior to previous network standards such as 3G, it is often referred to as 4g technology.

LTE will not be something that is available globally for a few years yet. Below we have listed some phones that support LTE technology, and also places where it is currently possible to use the LTE network.

LTE phones

If you want to be able to make the most of the LTE network then you are going to need a phone that is able to connect to it. This means that you will have to have a smartphone, and not just any smartphone at that.

Some examples of LTE capable smartphones are as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy S2
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Motorola Droid RAZ MAXX
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • Pantech Breakout
  • LG Spectrum

Here is a link to a great review on various LTE capable phones, it may be worth checking this out before you go out and buy an LTE phone for yourself.


Where can LTE technology be used?

Below is a map from wikipedia, showing the current spread of countries that support the LTE network. As you can see the LTE network is commercially available in countries such as the USA, Canada, Brazil, Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia, but is yet to be implemented in the UK and most of Europe. However, countries such as the UK, China and many others where you would expect it to have been found initially, are in the process of having networks set up.


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