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Difference between 3G, 4G and 5G

Data SpeedUp to several Mbps (Megabits per second)Up to hundreds of MbpsUp to several Gbps (Gigabits per second)
LatencyAverage latency of tens of millisecondsAverage latency of tens of millisecondsUltra-low latency of a few milliseconds
Network ArchitectureBased on CDMA or GSM technologyBased on LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technologyBased on advanced LTE and new radio technologies
BandwidthNarrower bandwidth compared to 4G and 5GBroader bandwidth compared to 3G and narrower than 5GBroader bandwidth compared to 3G and 4G
CapacityLower capacity for simultaneous connectionsHigher capacity for simultaneous connections compared to 3GExtremely high capacity, supporting a massive number of connected devices
Connection DensityLimited support for dense device connectivitySupports higher device density compared to 3GSupports significantly higher device density compared to 3G and 4G
Spectrum EfficiencyLess spectrum-efficient compared to 4G and 5GMore spectrum-efficient compared to 3G and less efficient than 5GHighly spectrum-efficient, enabling more data transmission in less spectrum
Use CasesVoice and basic data servicesMultimedia streaming, gaming, video conferencing, and advanced servicesAdvanced applications like IoT, autonomous vehicles, AR/VR, and smart cities
Technology MaturityWell-established technologyWell-established technologyEvolving technology with ongoing advancements and deployments
DeploymentPhasing out in some regions as 4G and 5G networks expandWidespread deployment, 4G is the predominant technology globallyOngoing deployment, expanding coverage in many regions