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Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by xcitedjay(m): 5:11am On Nov 08, 2012
While conversing with a friend I was asked the differences between GPRS, EDGE and 3G, decided to share my little knowledge about the topic in case you might be confused about it too.

Before advancing, it should be known that 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G etc refers to the different generations of wireless communication technology characterized by having a defined range of speed.

GPRS(General Packet Radio Service)
GPRS is a packet-based* wireless communication service. It is a 2G technology network that support a download speed of up to 114Kbps.
Limitation of GPRS is that GPRS data cannot be sent while a voice call is in progress.

EDGE(Enhanced Data GSM Evolution)
GPRS and EDGE are both 2G technology but EDGE is significantly faster with a download speed of up to 384Kbps. EDGE is sometimes called a 2.5G network as it also has some characteristics of a 3G network but it doesn't satisfy the specification.

3G
Introduction of 3G network made video calling and seamless streaming of video possible, with download speed of up to 3.1Mbps.

HSDPA(High-Speed Down-link Packet Access)
It is based on the 3G network and an enhancement to 3G. Thus has a faster speed, download speed can be up to 14Mbps. HSDPA is sometimes called 3.5G.

HSPA+(Evolved High-Speed Packet Access)
HSPA+ is an evolution HSPA(HSDPA&HSUPA). It is a 4G technology that allows download at a rate of up to 168Mbps.

4G LTE(Long Term Evolution)
LTE is a 4G communication standard that supports HD video streaming, download speed as high as 299.6Mbps.

Summary
GPRS(114Kbps) < EGDE(368Kbps) < 3G(3.1Mbps) < HSDPA(14Mbps) < HSPA+(168Mbps) < 4G/LTE(299.6Mbps)

By the way, I posted this using a GPRS connection.

*Packet-based means data is broken into packets before being transmitted.

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Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by caseless: 9:50am On Nov 08, 2012
Na now i understand sef
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by Ndoz(m): 11:49am On Nov 08, 2012
Hmmmmmm....owk i don hear
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by jericco1(m): 11:51am On Nov 08, 2012
Hmm... 4g is the fastest... Smart phones noni... Iphone...

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Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by HAH: 11:52am On Nov 08, 2012
which network in Nigeria offers the HSPA or 4G network ? lest I forget very insightful post, weldone
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by cash247: 11:53am On Nov 08, 2012
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by DANILSA(m): 11:54am On Nov 08, 2012
WHY THE GUY FACE COME BEND FOR 4G? WELL I DONT THINK ANY NETWORK IN NIGERIA HAS UP TO 4G OR 5G NETWORK, EXCEPT FOR ETISALAT THAT HAS 3.5G ABI NA 3.75G NETWORK,MOST GADGETS ARE STILL YET TO UPGRADE, ONLY FEW HAS UPTO 4G LIKE THE IPAD
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by ecolime(m): 11:55am On Nov 08, 2012
Very insightful... Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by Afam4eva(m): 11:56am On Nov 08, 2012
Thanks for the info. Some people see these technical terms on their phones or computers but don't know what they mean.

Btw, is there any 4G network provider in Nigeria?

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Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by sauceEEP(m): 11:56am On Nov 08, 2012
@op nice post. Just bookmarked the page for reference purpose...

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Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by binger: 11:58am On Nov 08, 2012
Lol! at the pics.Assuming the air we breathe in was rated 4G,man for done exit earth grin grin grin

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Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by AlmubaraqSadara: 11:59am On Nov 08, 2012
Superb this is hw data moduls are to each other, one is advancement on the former
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by uarikibe: 12:01pm On Nov 08, 2012
cool,you just cleared me off
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by a1solution: 12:02pm On Nov 08, 2012
My AIRTEL MODEM SHOWS HSPA AND WCDMA MOST TIMES.
SO WHAT DOES WCDMA MEAN?
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by Etumgbe(m): 12:03pm On Nov 08, 2012
cry
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by Afam4eva(m): 12:04pm On Nov 08, 2012
a1solution: My AIRTEL MODEM SHOWS HSPA AND WCDMA MOST TIMES.
SO WHAT DOES WCDMA MEAN?
WCDMA is called "Wideband Code Division Multiple Access". It's a standard found in 3G networks.

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Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by NET1(m): 12:06pm On Nov 08, 2012
Learning fast here.
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by otunbaneyo09(m): 12:09pm On Nov 08, 2012
Nice post
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by Super1759: 12:10pm On Nov 08, 2012
sorry oo,leme ask one question. All these, are they based on phones or service providers.

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Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by hustla(m): 12:12pm On Nov 08, 2012
ive always said it, our so called 3G networks n naija r the equivalent of Edge abroad..
smh

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Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by mployer(m): 12:14pm On Nov 08, 2012
What does the "G" stand for undecided
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by mployer(m): 12:16pm On Nov 08, 2012
afam4eva: Thanks for the info. Some people see these technical terms on their phones or computers but don't know what they mean.

Btw, is there any 4G network provider in Nigeria?
swift network
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by Goshen360(m): 12:16pm On Nov 08, 2012
Make I rush go get my own 4G Lte on Samsung Note II with the fastest Network right now!.... grin grin grin
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by 1supremo: 12:18pm On Nov 08, 2012
m-ployer:
What does the "G" stand for undecided

Generation. As in 3rd generation (3G)
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by samfibby(m): 12:21pm On Nov 08, 2012
m-ployer:
What does the "G" stand for undecided

3G FOR "Third Generation"
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by TonySpike: 12:22pm On Nov 08, 2012
The basic function of today's network is to allow users to utilize data and video. Voice is now a third-rate service in modern network technologies. The only way to boost customer's insatiable thirst for data and voice is to migrate to the 4G platform. This platform incorporates WiFi, HSPA+, WiMAX and the generic network concepts all on the LTE platform. It's basically about giving you speed, speed and more speed grin grin grin
Apart from these, 4G network was designed to successfully merge the internet and mobile telephony on a single platform. Interesting, I must say...

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Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by Shaggyfreshfish(m): 12:23pm On Nov 08, 2012
Guy tnx for d research work. Even som pple working with these service providers cnt even gv a detailed analysis of these technologies
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by samfibby(m): 12:27pm On Nov 08, 2012
Goshen360: Make I rush go get my own 4G Lte on Samsung Note II with the fastest Network right now!.... grin grin grin

I am not sure any of the GSM providers in nigeria offer 4G service on LTE technology. Many some of the WISP's may offer LTE, but they might not support mobile devices.

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Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by bobolekepee(m): 12:30pm On Nov 08, 2012
@op... Thumb up...
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by VEE2010: 12:31pm On Nov 08, 2012
Thanks OP. Really learn few things from your post
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by fujirice: 12:32pm On Nov 08, 2012
Luvly thread, thanx op!
Re: Differences Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte by slimming: 12:35pm On Nov 08, 2012
Great

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