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Gigabit-Class LTE FAQ


Q. What is Gigabit-Class LTE?


A. Gigabit-Class LTE is a higher-performance expansion of the 4G LTE wireless mobile telecommunications technology. Gigabit-Class LTE is based on improved spectrum efficiency, expanded RF link capacity, and a wide channel — each of which is a component of 5G.



Q. How fast is Gigabit-Class LTE?

A. Gigabit-Class LTE offers theoretical download speeds of at least 1 Gbps, enabling a variety of networking use cases that weren’t possible or viable with 4G LTE. However, real-world conditions impact actual performance, which will vary. 



Q. Where is Gigabit-Class LTE available?


A. Gigabit-Class LTE is available through all major carriers in hundreds of markets throughout the U.S., with rapid ongoing expansion to additional markets.



Q. Compare Gigabit-Class LTE vs. 4G LTE.


A. Gigabit-Class LTE is a result of enhancements to 4G LTE. While Gigabit-Class LTE and 4G LTE utilize the same spectrum, Gigabit-Class LTE is much faster, with lower latency, than 4G LTE because of developments such as quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), 4x4 Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO), and carrier aggregation.



Q. Compare Gigabit-Class LTE vs. 5G.


A. Gigabit-Class LTE is a foundational component of 5G and will remain a key piece along the pathway to full-fledged 5G, along with bands such as millimeter wave, CBRS, and more.