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What does LTE stand for?

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LTE stands for long term evolution. It is a wireless voice and data communication standard based on GSM technology and is the most common 4G standard in the United States. LTE has a theoretical bandwidth capacity of 300 megabits per second, but real world speeds on current infrastructure are lower.

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All four of the major mobile phone carriers in the United States use LTE as their 4G standard, with HSPA+ used as a supporting 4G standard in areas where LTE coverage is not yet available. The primary competing standard, WiMax, is being phased out by its primary adopters in favor of LTE.

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