In the digital age, a majority of the population in urban as well as rural India access the Internet through their smartphones. With the advent of Jio, the usage of mobile data in India has shown a sharp spike. While accessing the internet on your mobile phone, you must have noticed different symbols on your smartphone or tablet’s status bar such as H, H+, and 4G. Many people tend to get confused between H, H+ & 4G symbols and it becomes difficult to interpret what the status of data connection is at that moment. Let us find out the difference between these symbols.
Now, let us start with the basics. Do you remember the old age 2G connections? Ya, I’m talking about that G symbol which no one remembers. But I’m sure many of you would recognize the E or EDGE symbol. Yes, it’s a little faster than the G, but not significantly. Now we come to the 3G which was a privilege to have due to its high prices. Under 3G, users would witness 2 symbols, namely H & H+. And last but not the least 4G, the one being used widely as of now, shows a symbol of LTE.
These symbols differ in various aspects. They have a different meaning, run on different concepts and each of them gives a separate level of happiness depending upon the speed they deliver. So we are now going to illustrate how H, H+ & 4G differ in terms of meaning and delivery of internet data.
- H stands for High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA). The maximum download speed (theoretical) that you get with H is 7.2 Mbits/s. Similarly, the maximum upload speed (theoretical) that you get with H+ is 14.4 Mbits/s.
- H+ means “Evolved High-Speed Packet Access – Release 6” (Evolved HSPA). This is faster than H. With H+, you get a maximum download speed of 14.4 Mbits/s and a maximum upload speed of 5.76 Mbits/s.
- 4G is a relatively new technology in India. 4G stands for Long-term Evolution (LTE) and provides a maximum download speed of 100 Mbits/s and a maximum upload speed of 50 Mbits/s. There is an advanced version of 4G as well which has a much higher download speed of 1 Gbits/s and a upload speed of 500 Mbits/s.
Please keep in mind that these internet speeds are theoretical. Real-world speeds vary depending upon a lot of factors like:
- Signal Strength
- Network congestion
For an internet network to be considered 4G, it must satisfy the requirements of International Communications Union (ITU). The internet speed of an H+ network is similar to that of a 4G network, but since they do not meet the strict ITU requirements, they do not get the prized title of “LTE”. I hope we were able to simply the symbols for you. But feel free to comment down your doubts or additional questions regarding H, H+ or 4G which were troubling you since a long time. We will make sure that you understand everything.