Difference Between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte Networks


Your mobile phone comes with at list two of the above mentioned networks while some other high-end phones supports all of them. So what is the difference between Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g Lte networks as applied to feature phones, Symbian phones, smartphones, and tablets? I will clear the confusion by the time you are done reading this article.

Sometimes you may hear of Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g LTE but you dont actually understand what it means and what each network type does. Although an average person understands that some network types are faster than others but they don’t actually know how fast.

Difference between edge, 2g, 3g, 4g lte networks
But in this post, I’m gonna reveal what Gprs, Edge, 3g, Hsdpa, Hspa+ And 4g LTE is all about. Are you ready? Let’s go there.

Before I continue, it should be known that 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G etc refers to the different generations of wireless communication technology characterized by having a defined range of speed.

GPRS(General Packet Radio Service)

GPRS is a packet-based* wireless communication service. It is a 2G technology network that support a download speed of up to 114Kbps.
Limitation of GPRS is that GPRS data cannot be sent while a voice call is in progress.

EDGE(Enhanced Data GSM Evolution)

GPRS and EDGE are both 2G technology but EDGE is significantly faster with a download speed of up to 384Kbps. EDGE is sometimes called a 2.5G network as it also has some characteristics of a 3G network but it doesn’t satisfy the specification.


Introduction of 3G network made video calling and seamless strêâmïng of video possible, with download speed of up to 3.1Mbps.

HSDPA (High-Speed Down-link Packet Access)

It is based on the 3G network and an enhancement to 3G. Thus has a faster speed, download speed can be up to 14Mbps. HSDPA is sometimes called 3.5G.

HSPA+(Evolved High-Speed Packet Access)

HSPA+ is an evolution HSPA(HSDPA&HSUPA). It is a 4G technology that allows download at a rate of up to 168Mbps.

4G LTE(Long Term Evolution)

LTE is a 4G communication standard that supports HD video strêâmïng, download speed as high as 299.6Mbps.

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SUMMARY (from lowest to highest) 

  • GPRS(114Kbps)
  • EGDE(368Kbps)
  • 3G(3.1Mbps)
  • HSDPA(14Mbps)
  • HSPA+(168Mbps)
  • 4G/LTE(299.6Mbps)

Well, do you know some European countries are already enjoying 5G network? While we are still struggling with 3g and 4g. It’s well.


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