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What is 3G/4G/5G?

The G stands for “Generation”. 3G/4G/5G describe each new generation of mobile telephony. Each new generation provides not only voice, but increased mobile broadband access to laptops, wireless modems, and smartphones.  Higher numbers in sequence implies increased speed capabilities, actual speeds will vary by network carriers. Popular carriers in the greater Seattle area include T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and etc.

Speeds will vary from:

  • Number of cell phone towers in the area
  • Number of users sharing or accessing signal towers simultaneously
  • Bandwidth availability

Why does the “Generation” matter?

  • Coverage by carrier varies across geography, connection medium, subscription contract, and saturation of the network in the area.
    • IE: The wrong network or picking the wrong connection medium can be extremely painful for our typical customer.
  • If your employees need mobile broadband internet access, a 3G/4G/5G contract will likely be necessary.

There will always be a demand for faster speeds, leveraging and understanding generation technology is an important takeaway. From another perspective, Wi-Fi is readily available as airports and coffee shops should have this as an amenity. Users should proceed with caution as there are risks to free public Wi-Fi, find out more at our blog. However, the accessibility of Generation technology will always have the upper-hand. GSM carriers will continue to push the envelope providing consistent and reliable speeds with the new 5G.

Information Technology Glossary

3G/4G/5GHardware RedundancyPersonal Cloud
Agile DevelopmentHybrid CloudPrivate Cloud
Big DataIaaSPublic Cloud
BYODInternet of Things (IoT)Redundancy
Cloud StorageISP RedundancySaaS
CybersecurityMobile AppsVirtualization
Geographic RedundancyPaaSWeb Apps

Office 365 Advisors Glossary

Below here we have an additional glossary from our partner site Office 365 Advisors.

BlacklistsFederationOffice Pro Plus
Cloud ComputingForefrontSaaS
Dial-In ConferencingIntranetService Health
DNSLync OnlineSharePoint Online
Exchange OnlineMigrationSLA
ExtranetOffice 365 PortalWhitelists