2016 saw 17.9 million people accessing the Internet through their mobile phone with the figure expected to rise up to 21.7 million by 2021.
That’s almost the entire Malaysian population, so you can get an idea of how many of us rely on good connectivity on our smartphones throughout our daily lives.
Huge billboards along the highways highlight the latest 4G or LTE phone you need to get your hands on to get the best connection in Malaysia.
But most of us know those terms as mere symbols on the top of the bar on your smartphone. Is 3G and 2G even still a thing in our modern generation?
What do these different speeds even mean for my phone?
Don’t worry, to not confuse you any further, we break down these acronyms and what it actually entails so you can understand them better.
Before we go any further, let’s get the meaning of 4G out of the way.
It’s basically the name given to the fourth generation of mobile networks, just as the previous generation is called 3G.
So similar to how 2G upgraded to 3G, 4G is seen as the bigger and faster upgrade compared to its predecessor.
Loosely speaking, 4G is about seven times faster than 3G services with local telco Maxis reporting that their 4G speed is 10 x faster compared to their 3G. So what users with 4G can experience is websites loading quicker, videos and podcasts streaming with fewer buffering incidences, and downloading large email attachments or other content from the web faster.
Apps can run more smoothly, especially those that has a zoom in or out feature.
Pictures on Facebook or Instagram load faster over 4G too.