Initially it will be available only in two areas of Bogotá, the Parque de la 93 and the Centro Mayor Shopping Center. Later it will pass to other seven zones of the city.The park of 93 and Greater Center in Bogota will be the first zones of Colombia that have access to the 4.5G network. This was announced by TigoUne, the first operator offering this type of network in the country.
From this Tuesday, users will be able to access this technology , also known as LTE Advanced, which promises speeds 10 times higher than 3G and equivalent to twice the 4G, a clear improvement in latency, which is the time it takes to transmit a package within the network.
So, for example, if you are going to download a 1GB file, in a 3G network it takes about 71 seconds, while with 4.5G it would take only 6 seconds. That is to say that to download an HD movie from platforms like Netflix – which weigh about 3GB – it would only need 18 seconds.Another advantage is the improvement in the speed of applications, which thanks to the faster data download work with greater efficiency. In addition, entertainment content such as streaming and games will be able to use the best quality available.
In the beginning, the service will only be enabled in these two places but little by little it will be active in seven other zones in Bogotá: Corferias, Gran Estación, Andino Shopping Center, Financial Zone, Javeriana University, International Center and downtown area (Gold Museum) .”We are proud to be the protagonists of another innovation milestone for the telecommunications sector in Colombia. In 2017, we were the first operator to do 5G tests and now we are the only operator that can currently offer 4.5G to the end user, “said Marcelo Cataldo, president of TigoUne.
This is a milestone for mobile telephony in the country because the download speed could reach 164 megabytes per second.
These speeds are achieved thanks to Carrier Aggregation technology, which is a function that allows teams to connect to different bands at the same time and thus achieve data transfer that was unimaginable a few years ago.
It is important to keep in mind that not all mobile devices are enabled for this network. It is necessary that they have a special modem that works with this type of technology.The cell phones that are in the country and are enabled to support this network are Apple: iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6s. While Samsung that works is the Galaxy S9 or the Galaxy S8 American version. With respect to the other brands are the Huawei P20 Pro and the Nexus Pixel.
This is the beginning of the long road that means to reach 5G. This type of network is testing period in the most advanced countries in terms of infrastructure and it is expected that by 2020 it will be available to users.
In Latin America, where there is a delay with respect to the world leaders in technology, it is expected that it will be available in 2022 and consolidated in 2025.