Why 4G is essential for your business

3G? 4G? What are they? what’s the difference? And what can they do for your business?

We hear these terms being thrown around a lot these days, but it’s rare to actually get a clear explanation of what they are. The ‘G’ refers to the ‘generation’ of communication hardware; with 4G being the ‘fourth’ and most recent generation. The previous generation (3G) presented perhaps the biggest leap in recent telecommunications history; allowing for access to the internet, video calling and video streaming.

3G serves every purpose a modern business could require; texting, phone-calls and access to the internet, so what makes 4G so necessary?

Despite 3G being able to handle most day-to-day mobile interactions, it can’t match up to 4G’s vastly superior tech. Though both are capable of sending and receiving data in multiple ways, 4G mobiles and networks can send large amounts of data far quicker than 3G. Whereas 3G’s minimum data transfer speed is 200 Kbit/s, 4G can reach up to a Gigabyte of data per second; not only does this shorten waiting times between receiving texts and connecting calls, but it also improves the overall quality of those calls.

But where 4G stands out the most however, is in how much faster its online data speeds are; whereas 3G’s download speeds are capable of reaching a maximum of 7.2 mbps, 4G is capable of downloading a whopping 100 mbps! This difference has a significant effect on how mobile users can approach the internet; mobile internet may have previously been used for browsing alone, with 4G, it’s now possible to do so much more.

Obviously, with faster download speeds, 4G mobiles and networks will load webpages far quicker; this means less time spent waiting for webpages, and more time spent getting the information you need. But what 4G is especially good at, is downloading large amounts of data quickly and efficiently; which makes actions such as receiving emails much, much easier. With 4G, your mail client will run smoother; allowing you to receive and open emails quickly, as well as download attachments to your mobile. This means that even when you’re outside the office, you won’t need to rely on Wi-Fi remain connected and contactable.

Having 4G means that your mobile is able to establish a much more reliable video calling connection. Even though 3G can also send and receive video data, only 4G is capable of handling video streaming with any serious efficiency. With 4G, you’re able to use popular and powerful apps such as Skype for Business to their full potential; meaning that having conference calls away from your office is entirely possible. In fact, 4G works with any VOIP software or application, allowing you to easily integrate your mobile with systems like Vodafone OneNet.

Faster download speeds mean that cloud computing is possible even away from your desktop (if you’re not up to speed with the cloud, have a look at our beginner’s guide). Having a 4G mobile and network means that as long as you have an internet connection, you’re able to access your documents and files from anywhere. With applications such as Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Docs, mobile users are able to access and download files on-the-go. Meaning that you’ll be able to take your presentations with you on client visits or edit your documents on the train, and with Microsoft Office 365 installed, you’ll even be able to make entire documents on your mobile.

Not only does 4G offer better download speeds than 3G, but it offers far better upload speeds as well. 3G’s upload speeds can only reach up to 3 mbps, 4G can hit up to around 40 mbps; that’s over 10x faster! These faster upload speeds mean that 4G has the upper hand in matters of social media and blogging. If you or one of your staff members have duties involving marketing and social media strategies, a 4G phone and network are essential. Being able to quickly send a Tweet or reply to a comment on Facebook, makes running company social media accounts far easier. 4G also makes it possible to blog on your mobile, as it requires much faster upload speeds that 3G provides; meaning you’re always on-top of your website updates and comments.

Finally, with 4G you’re able to provide internet access to all of your usable devices by creating a mobile hotspot. A mobile hotspot turns your mobile into a router to connect any other wireless devices to, by becoming a pathway between your devices and your mobile internet provider. This means that if you are somewhere with no accessible Wi-Fi, such as a remote beach or deserted hillside, you’ll still be able to access the internet on your tablet or laptop, for example. With 4G, you’ll always be able to work when, and where, you want to, with no limitations holding you back.

So that’s why having is 4G is essential for your business; if you want to know more about 4G, and what 4G contracts Redsquid can offer you, don’t be afraid to ask!