The evolution from 1G to 4G LTE

Mobile technology has matured significantly over the years, and with each wave of improvements, the world has gained access to smaller, more powerful devices that provide faster and better connections. And when the innovations aren't just minor improvements, but instead, fundamentally change the world, we consider those innovations to be the next generation. Here we detail the evolution from 1G to 4G LTE, and all the amazing technical achievements that made it possible.

Did you know?

There are approximately 7 billion mobile connections worldwide.

(Source: GSMA Intelligence, Apr. '14)

Mobile 201: Technology Evolution

Mobile 201 – Part 1: 1G to 4G Evolution

May 14, 2018


Mobile 201 – Part 2: Mobile 1G

May 14, 2018


Mobile 201 – Part 3: Mobile 2G

May 14, 2018


Mobile 201 – Part 4: Mobile 3G

May 14, 2018


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The evolution of mobile technologies: 1G to 2G to 3G to 4G LTE

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The technologies behind the evolution.


Building on its solid base of more than 1 Billion connections, HSPA/HSPA+ continues to evolve, offering ever better user experiences, while cost-effectively connecting ever more people, devices, and things.


EV-DO revolutionized the wireless industry by bringing mobile broadband to mass audiences. It’s latest incarnations: Rev. B and DO Advanced, along with 1X Advanced, continue to deliver higher network capacity and outstanding user experiences.