Speed Levels for Cellular Network Internet Access

How fast is LTE, 3G, Edge, etc, this is a list of explaining from slowest to fastest which is best for a USB Wireless Modem Internet.connections.

The following table summarises some possible configurations of GPRS and circuit switched data services.

Starting with Slowest - Systems Offered
(Generally, the best test of a system is to try to use Skype.com)

DeviceRate (bit/s)Rate (byte/s)

SLOWEST

GSM CSD (2G)
14.4 kbit/s[16] 1.8 kB/s
HSCSD 57.6/14.4 kbit/s 5.4/1.8 kB/s
GPRS (2.5G) 57.6/28.8 kbit/s 7.2/3.6 kB/s
WiDEN 100 kbit/s 12.5 kB/s
CDMA2000 1xRTT 153 kbit/s 18 kB/s
EDGE (2.75G) (type 1 MS) 236.8 kbit/s 29.6 kB/s
UMTS 3G 384 kbit/s 48 kB/s  SKYPE WORKS
EDGE (type 2 MS) 473.6 kbit/s 59.2 kB/s
EDGE Evolution (type 1 MS) 1,184/474 kbit/s 148/59 kB/s
EDGE Evolution (type 2 MS) 1,894/947 kbit/s 237/118 kB/s
1xEV-DO Rev. 0 2,457/153 kbit/s 307.2/19 kB/s
1xEV-DO Rev. A 3,100/1,800 kbit/s 397/230 kB/s
HSDPA/HSUPA (3.5G) 14,400/5760 kbit/s 1,800/720 kB/s
3xEV-DO Rev. B 14,700/5,400 kbit/s 1,837/675 kB/s
4xEV-DO Enhancements (2X2 MIMO) 34,400/12,400 kbit/s 4,300/1,550 kB/s
HSPA+ (2X2 MIMO) 42,000/11,500 kbit/s 5,250/1,437 kB/s
15xEV-DO Rev. B 73,500/27,000 kbit/s 9,200/3,375 kB/s
4G (4X4 MIMO) 100,000/50,000 kbit/s 12,500/6,250 kB/s
UMB (2X2 MIMO) 140,000/34,000 kbit/s 17,500/4,250 kB/s
LTE (2X2 MIMO) 173,000/58,000 kbit/s 21,625/7,250 kB/s
UMB (4X4 MIMO) 280,000/68,000 kbit/s 35,000/8,500 kB/s
EV-DO Rev. C 280,000/75,000 kbit/s 35,000/9,000 kB/s
FASTEST
LTE (4X4 MIMO)
326,000/86,000 kbit/s 40,750/10,750 kB/s

 

 Technology  Download (kbit/s)  Upload (kbit/s)  TDMA Timeslots allocated 
CSD 9.6 9.6 1+1
HSCSD 28.8 14.4 2+1
HSCSD 43.2 14.4 3+1
GPRS 80.0 20.0 (Class 8 & 10 and CS-4) 4+1
GPRS 60.0 40.0 (Class 10 and CS-4) 3+2
EGPRS (EDGE) 236.8 59.2 (Class 8, 10 and MCS-9) 4+1
EGPRS (EDGE) 177.6 118.4 (Class 10 and MCS-9) 3+2

 

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