As a supplier of many different types of LTE devices from manufacturers including Teltonika, QuWireless, MikroTik, Ubiquiti and TP-Link, we’re often asked by our customers what the different LTE categories offer and what speeds they are capable of.
In this quick-guide to LTE, we’ll take you through the most common LTE devices and their uses, as well as define what LTE is and how it’s used.
What is LTE?
LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and is usually referred to in conjunction with 4G connections. It’s a 4th generation wireless communication standard, first created in 2008. LTE also provides long-term network continuity, being compatible with older 2G and 3G networks.
It’s worth noting that LTE offers increased throughput and lower latency, dramatically improving on 3G network performance; in terms of speed, 4G LTE is 5-10 times faster than 3G.
4G LTE can achieve speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s downlink and 75 Mbit/s uplink, with a latency of under 20 milliseconds.
**As an update to the table below, we now have LTE Cat20, details of which can be found here: What is LTE Cat20 and What Are the Benefits?
Different LTE Categories:
|LTE Category||Downlink Speed
|6||301.5||2 or 4||51.0|
|7||301.5||2 or 4||102.0|
|9||452.2||2 or 4||51.0|
|10||452.2||2 or 4||102.0|
|11||603.0||2 or 4||51.0|
|12||603.0||2 or 4||102.0|
|13||391.7||2 or 4||150.8|
|15||750||2 or 4||226|
|16||979||2 or 4||n/a|
|18||1174||2 or 4 or 8||n/a|
|19||1566||2 or 4 or 8||n/a|
UK 3G/4G/LTE Network Speeds:
There are 4 main mobile UK networks offering their own services, they’re also used via other virtual network operators. Listed below are some of the most popular operators and their speeds (at the time of writing July 2022).
|PROVIDER||GSM Frequencies||3G Frequencies||4G/LTE Frequencies|
|1800Mhz||2100Mhz||1800Mhz (Band 3)
2600Mhz (Band 7)
|BT Mobile||1800Mhz||2100Mhz||800Mhz (Band 20)
1800Mhz (Band 3)
2100Mhz (Band 7)
|800Mhz (Band 20)|
|800Mhz (Band 20)
2600Mhz (Band 7)
|Three||–||2100Mhz||800MHz (Band 20)
1800MHz (Band 3)
|–||–||3500Mhz (Band 42)
3700Mhz (Band 43)
Note : Relish uses TDD, not FDD
LTE + Mobile Network Devices:
LinITX stock a wide variety of LTE and mobile devices. Two of our most popular brands for LTE components are Teltonika and MikroTik, offering a number of different 3G/4G/LTE solutions. Listed below are the top-selling LTE devices.
Top 5 Teltonika LTE Devices:
Top 5 MikroTik LTE Devices:
If you have any questions regarding the most common 3G/4G/LTE categories or devices, please get in touch with our technical team on 01449 888000 or email email@example.com if you’d like further details on our range of LTE networking products.