EDGE stands for “Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution” and is one of the globally established mobile radio standards. The standard enables data to be transferred using a smartphone or tablet. Get an overview of the mobile radio standard and learn more about other current standards.
EDGE: You need to know that about the cellular system
The EDGE mobile radio system was introduced in Germany in 2006 and is considered an intermediate stage between GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System). In particular, rural regions where there is insufficient UMTS coverage receive mobile internet thanks to EDGE.
- EDGE can transmit data at speeds from 150 up to 220 Kbit / s.
- Like GPRS, EDGE uses the GSM network to transmit the data.
- Thanks to a new and better modulation method, however, higher data transmission speeds than the maximum possible 55 Kbit / s of GPRS can be achieved.
- The higher speed enables the exchange of larger content via the mobile network.
LTE or 4G: The current standard can
With the current LTE (Long Term Evolution) standard , data rates of up to 100 Mbit / s are possible. Depending on where you live, you can even surf faster via LTE than via a DSL connection. The LTE network has been expanded in Germany since 2011 and is to be expanded or replaced in the future by the new and even faster 5G network. With 5G, transmission speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second are possible.