UMTS Vs LTE | Difference | Comparison

UMTS and LTE are both cellular standards that are used for wireless data communications. The difference between them is that UMTS and 3G technology while LTE is a 4G technology.

UMTS Vs LTE | Difference between UMTS and LTE

  • UMTS is third-generation cellular technology, and LTE is fourth-generation cellular technology.
  • UMTS stands for universal mobile telecommunications system, and LTE stands for Long term evolution.
  • Both UMTS and LTE digital networks.
  • UMTS' other 3G technology: is CDMA2000, While LTE's other 4G technology: is WiMAX.
  • UMTS was developed in 2000, and LTE was developed in 2009.
  • Wideband CDMA radio access in UMTS, LTE radio access in OFDMA, and SC-FDMA.
  • UMTS is circuit-switched and packet-switched, While LTE is packet switched.
  • UMTS is enhancement HSPA and HSPA+, LTE enhancement in LTE-advanced & LTE advanced pro.
  • UMTS peak data rate 42 Mbps with HSPA+, LTE peak data rate 3 Gbps with LTE advanced pro.
  • The channel bandwidth of UMTS is 5 MHZ mainly but 10 MHz and 20 MHz are also possible. LTE channel bandwidth is 1.4 MHz, 3 MHz, 5 MHz, 10 MHz, 15 MHz, and 20 MHz.
  • UMTS provides data speeds up to 2 Mbps, While LTE can reach up to 300 Mbps speeds.
  • UMTS requires more towers and power amplifiers than LTE, as LTE can cover a larger area with fewer towers.
  • UMTS has a better voice quality service than LTE, but LTE has a better data service than UMTS.
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