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You’ve likely heard the terms LTE and 5G before. Do you really know what they mean or what the difference is? In this LTE vs 5G comparison, we take a look at these two different cellular standards to help you better understand the differences and what advantages 5G may bring.

What are LTE and 5G exactly?

In simplest terms, LTE and 5G are wireless communication standards. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and is essentially an upgraded version of the earlier 4G standard. 4G stands for fourth-generation wireless. Most LTE networks are actually using an even further iteration of 4G called LTE-A (Advanced), though most consumers and networks simply call it LTE.