4G LTE

What is LTE
Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a 4G wireless broadband technology developed by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). 

The 3GPP engineers named the technology Long Term Evolution" because it represents the next step (4G) in a progression from GSM, a 2G standard, and 3G technologies based upon GSM.

LTE provides significantly increased peak data rates, with the potential for 100 Mbps downstream and 30 Mbps upstream. It typically offer between four to ten times the performance of "3G" networks. 

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What is 4G?
4G is the collective term for the fourth generation of data technology for cellular networks, following 2G and 3G, the second and third generations. 4G typically offers between five and ten times the performance of 3G, with faster download speeds and better overall data performance.
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How fast is 4G?
4G speed and performance vary depending on the type of device being used, the location of the user in relation to the distance from the LTE site, coverage in the area and the number of people using the service at the same time. 4G offers download and upload speeds several times faster than 3G. It is designed to deliver five to 10 times the speed of 3G data speed, and enables subscribers to access data up to 10 times faster on devices such as phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. For subscribers, using 4G means websites load much quicker, and provides the ability to stream videos and podcasts without first waiting for them to buffer. Using 4G also means users can download large email attachments or other content from the Internet faster. Applications that need to download data, such as Yahoo maps, YouTube and Netflix, will work more smoothly and quickly. It means a music file that would have taken 20 minutes to download on a 3G phone could take about three minutes, and a 10-minute video clip that might have taken several minutes to download on 3G could take about 35 seconds to download on 4G. You can click here to experience a 3G vs. 4G speed test.
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What are the differences between GPRS, EDGE, 3G and 4G?
GPRS stands for General Packet Radio Service and is a service on a 2G network, offering basic data up to 56 Kbps (comparable to dial-up speeds.) GPRS supports basic internet applications with limited use of the Internet.
„h EDGE stands for Enhanced Data GSM Evolution and is 2.5G technology that provides higher data transfer rates compared to GPRS (2G). With EDGE you can send and receive emails and do web browsing faster than GPRS.
„h 3G or third generation technology provides higher data rates as compared to the 2G and 2.5G networks (GPRS & EDGE). 3G offers speeds of up to 42 Mbps. With 3G you can send and download pictures, music, movies, videos, games etc.
„h 4G: It is the most advanced technology available,
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What type of handsets are LTE compatible?
Currently many handset manufacturers (Samsung, Huawei, HTC, Apple etc.) have 4G compatible handsets. Customers must however check the band of their handsets on gsmarena/imei.info to determine spectrum compatibility. In order to access MTN’s 4G LTE, your handset must support Band 20 & Frequency 800 as shown below. If you need any assistance you may visit any MTN branch.

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How will I know if my handset is 4G/LTE capable and if it is how do I activate 4G/LTE on my phone?
You can check in network settings on your phone to determine if your phone is 4G LTE capable or adaptable. You will see an option labelled as per the below options and select 4G/LTE if your phone is compatible.
For Android Devices (Google Operating System) Go to:
Settings
Mobile Network then select
“4G/3G/2G auto”
“GSM/WCDMA/LTE auto”
“4G or LTE”
For IOS devices Go to:
Settings
Cellular
Voice & Data then select
LTE, 3G& 2G
Alternatively you may check from imei.info: Put in the imei of your device and submit to check
on GSM Arena website. You can check your IMEI by typing in *#06# and the IMEI will pop up. You then submit the number to the GSM Arena.
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How do I know if my phone supports MTN 4G/ LTE service?
You may check your phone’s readiness for 4G/LTE on the GSM Arena website using your device make and model. MTN 4G operates in FDD 800MHz, band 20. Your phone must therefore support LTE FDD 800MHz Band20. Further checks can be done on GSM ARENA
You may also visit an MTN customer service center for assistance.

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How can I tell if I am connected to 4G LTE?
Depending on the phone you are using you will see a display, usually in the upper left corner for “4G” or “LTE”.
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How can I confirm the areas with MTN 4G LTE coverage?
Click on the link below to find current MTN 4G LTE locations. Note that this list will be updated when more areas are rolled out.

 CURRENT 4G SITE LOCATIONS

In addition kindly check MTN’s website for the locations where MTN currently has LTE on Google earth application. Note the map will be updated on a weekly basis when more areas are rolled out
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Can I use the current SIM card in my LTE-compatible handset to browse on 4G?
No, all customers who wish to be on MTN’s 4G LTE network will have to visit an MTN service center to have their SIM cards swapped for an LTE SIM card.
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Can I use 4G when roaming?
Not at this time. MTN is currently working to make sure you have a great experience on 4G in Ghana.
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Can I share my 4G LTE data speed with other non-4G devices?
 Yes. If you have a 4G LTE device that has tethering service, you can turn your 4G LTE device into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing other devices to connect to the internet through the 4G LTE network.
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What happens if I have an LTE SIM in my phone or tablet, and I move into an area without MTN’s 4G LTE coverage?
You will continue to enjoy MTN’s services. However the data experience will not be the same as in the 4G coverage area. If you move into another MTN 4G coverage area, your device will return to 4G LTE service.
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