To be able to offer users a mobile broadband service over a truly fourth generation or 4G network a provider will have to completely upgrade their entire network infrastructure. One such technology currently being considered by mobile broadband providers is Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, which is currently one of the most likely candidates to be officially classes as a 4G technology by the telecommunications industry. When mobile broadband providers do roll out LTE technology over their networks it will offer users a whole range of benefits and new facilities, which will allow them to get far more out of their mobile broadband service.
Users will find a whole host of great new advantages over their current 3G connections when LTE technology is finally deployed by mobile broadband operators. This will include much faster connection speeds that will allow users to stream high quality audio and video over the internet and also the ability the download much larger data files than they are currently able to over their 3G service. For mobile network providers LTE technology will allow them to support far more users over their network and the extra bandwidth will also allow them to handle much data moving around their network, even during the busiest times of the day.
Far better network coverage will also be available using LTE technology and providers will need to install less equipment in order to achieve this extra coverage, which will greatly reduce the cost of upgrading their network and this will allow them to provide much cheaper services. Users living in rural and remote parts of the country that are currently very limited in the level of fixed-line and mobile broadband services they are able to receive will stand to benefit the most from the introduction of this technology as it will provide them with internet access over an affordable high-speed broadband connection.