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Mobile Data: Meaning of 2G, G, 3G, E, H, H+, 4G

Discussion in 'General Mobile Network Tutorials' started by Shagzzi, May 13, 2018.

  1. Shagzzi

    Shagzzi Participant Established

    Have you ever thought about the meaning of this mobile internet signs/symbols on your mobile phone? So in this article i want you to know the meaning of all the letters G, E, 2G, 3G, H+ and 4G mobile symbols in context of the mobile Internet technologies.

    In your Android smartphone, the strength & speed of the mobile Internet signal is shown using alphabet letters like 2G, 3G, H+, E, G and 4G near the signal bar. These symbols are visible right next to the signal strength indicator


    Mobile Data: Meaning of 2G, G, 3G, E, H, H+, 4G | Webgurus lounge

    Meaning of this Mobile symbols

    • Meaning of G in Mobile Signal

    Letter G stands for GPRS (General Packet Radio Service). It indicates the slowest speed of Internet data transfer in your mobile phone. When you see G near your signal strength indicator, it is certain that your net connection is working at the slowest speed.

    GPRS is considered to be the second generation (2G) mobile technology. It is the slowest and oldest among all mobile technologies. It is mainly good enough for sending text messages using apps like WhatsApp. Data rates in GPRS are between 56 and 114 kb/second.

    If your mobile signal is weak, you might get even slower speed on Internet. There are ways to boost mobile signal strength and thus the Internet speed.

    • Meaning of E in Mobile Signal

    Letter E stands for EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution). It is also called Enhanced GPRS. This technology lies somewhere in between 2G and 3G technology. So, some people refer to it as 2.5G.
    Meaning of Mobile Signal Symbols and other indicators on your mobile phone screen.

    Meaning of mobile signal symbols and other indicators on your mobile phone screen.

    EDGE is faster than GPRS but still not good enough to browse the Internet. It takes lot of time in loading websites when your signal bar is showing E letter alongside. Typically EDGE provides a data rate of 400 kb/second but in ideal conditions data rate of upto 1 Mb/second can also be achieved.

    This technology also lies somewhere in between 2G and 3G. Those who call GPRS as 2.5G, they refer EDGE as 2.75G.

    • Meaning of 3G in Mobile Signal

    3G means the third generation of mobile telephone technology. It uses the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System and is based on GSM standards.

    3G provides data transfer rates 384 kb/second. But depending upon how it is implemented in various networks, the data rate can go upto 42 Mb/second.

    3G is faster than EDGE and you can easily browse websites and stream.

    • Meaning of H, H+ in Mobile Signal

    H stands for HSPA (High Speed Packet Access). It is an enhanced form of 3G technology. HSPA provides higher data transfer rates than the basic 3G.

    HSPA can provide peak data rates of up to 14 Mb/s for downlink and 5.76 Mb/s for uplink.

    High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) is a further enhanced version of HSPA. HSDPA supports download speed of up to 99.3 Mb/s.

    • Meaning of H+ in Mobile Signal
    This is enhanced HSPA. It is faster than basic HSPA (as explained above). Relatively speedier data transfer in H+ will make your video to download or stream much more smoothly.

    At present, 4G technology is not very widely available. So, in most parts of the world, HSPA+ is the fastest speed you can get through mobile Internet.

    • Meaning of WCDMA
    WCDMA is also a 3G technology. It stands for Wide-band Code-Division Multiple Access (CDMA). Interestingly, this technology is actually used in the GSM systems. WCDMA in GSM increases the data transmission speed by using the air interface of CDMA. International Telecommunications Union has adopted WCDMA.

    • Meaning of 4G in Mobile Signal
    4G is the fourth generation of mobile technology. It is also called LTE (Long Term Evolution). 4G connection works as good as a wi-fi connection of your home or office. With such a connection you can do everything on your mobile that you can do on your desktop.

    Tiny arrows in the signal bar show that the data transfer is taking place. The radar like icon shows the wi-fi connection.
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  3. schoolhelp

    schoolhelp School Master (HOD) Glaive Established

    Well its nice but what of 5g
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  4. Xexi Adson

    Xexi Adson Enthusiast Established

    Thanks now I know the meaning of all Gs ranging from 2g to 4g in all network
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