What is LTE and LTE-A Internet?

LTE-A stands for LTE-Advanced. It is a standard for mobile communication that is one generation beyond LTE (Long Term Evolution). Whereas LTE was a 3G communication standard, LTE-A is a 4G or fourth generation communication standard.

The benefits of a fourth generation communication network are many. Perhaps most simply, LTE-A offers faster speeds than 3G. As defined by the International Mobile Telecommunications-Advanced Standard, 4G must offer a nominal data rate of 100 Mbit/s when a user is physically moving at high speeds relative to a data station, and 1 Gbit/s when the user and station are fixed relative to one another. Additionally, LTE-A allows for global roaming, smooth handover between networks, and interoperability with existing wireless standards.


LTE, also known as 4G, is a modern and powerful high-speed broadband technology that’s completely wireless, giving you improved functionality and performance. It’s faster than any 3G connection, offering maximum download speeds of up to 90Mbps and upload speeds of up to 25Mbps, with average download speeds of between 10 and 25Mbps.


As its name suggests, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) is a more advanced version of LTE and is sometimes referred to as 4.5G. Wireless LTE-A offers maximum download speeds of up to 150Mbps and average download speeds of between 20 and 40Mbps. Owing to its faster speeds, LTE-A cannot be received on a normal LTE router.

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