Customers planning to use one of MTN's fixed-LTE products will need an approved router. MTN Network. MTP's ISP Supersonic also offers a range of fixed LTE products.
Unlike Lkom's LTE offer, MTN's fixed-LTE products are locked and require specific supported routers. these routers and why devices like the popular Huawei B315 are not supported.
MyBroadband was asked by MTN about the standard it uses to determine if a router is suitable for its network.
Executive for Corporate Affairs at MTN South Africa, Jacqui O & # 39; Sullivan, said the implementation of superior LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology in the MTN network is the reason behind the selection of approved ones which are routers.
"Our LTE network has been scaled down and upgraded to become LTE-A, dedicated to providing better connectivity for customers," said O & # 39; Sullivan.
"Therefore, to benefit from and experience LTE-A upgrades and available network capacity, customers will need a compatible router."
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9659008] Last year, MWEB disrupted with its announcement of the Huawei B315 as a LTE-A product.
The ISP was later removed from the ad, as this router was not specified as a category 6 or higher device, as set by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards.
3GPP is responsible for standards that determine the capabilities of networks and devices. In 3GPP Release 8, categories 1 through 5 were established for LTE (Long Term Evolution) equipment.
Category 6 and higher equipment, which includes newer routers and cellphones, support LTE-Advanced technology.
LTE-Advanced offers faster. and more reliable network capabilities than LTE, with the main difference being that LTE-A supports carrier integration.
This feature allows devices to combine the bandwidth of a network that spreads to different frequency bands.
Other important technologies to consider include support for 4 × 4 multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) and Quadrature Amplitude Modification (QAM), both of which improve connectivity speeds and reliability . three Category 6 routers, the Huawei B525, Huawei B612, and ZTE MF286, and a Category 11 router, the Huawei B618.
O & # 39; Sullivan stated that these routers complement the capabilities of MTN & # 39; s network About LTE-A technology.
"LTE-A / Cat6 + routers enjoy better speed (and thus capacity) because of their compatibility with MTN rollout of Higher Order Carrier aggregation and features such as 4 × 4 MIMO and 256QAM, "He said.
The result should be that MT- and Supersonic LTE solutions offer greater speeds when used in conjunction with one of these routers.
O & # 39; Sullivan also noted that other routers rated Category 6 or above are compatible with MTN & # 39; s Made for Home-LTE plans.