8ta reveals they are trialling LTE in Gauteng

Joe Average

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So Amith, have you spoken to the other CEOs to have a shared LTE network that would be cheaper to maintain and to alls' benefit ? Or are the 4 providers each going it alone ?
 

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So Amith, have you spoken to the other CEOs to have a shared LTE network that would be cheaper to maintain and to alls' benefit ? Or are the 4 providers each going it alone ?
Probably using Telkom's trial LTE network...
 

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Lte will be cheaper to deploy than higher adsl speeds. Telkom will see higher user numbers on mobile broadband. Starting to think adsl is going to go onto the backburner.
 

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I'd certainly love to trial LTE when it comes to Durban ;) My name first on the list.
 

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we dont need speed, we need cheap/uncapped bandwidth.

anything over 2mbps is really okay - super fast internet is useless if you only have a cap of 2gb
 

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we dont need speed, we need cheap/uncapped bandwidth.

anything over 2mbps is really okay - super fast internet is useless if you only have a cap of 2gb
Maybe just again echo what has been said numerous times. Wireless technologies share spectrum. Otherwise put, it is as if you and everyone on the same cell use a single 20 to 60 Mbps LAN cable. 10 people downloading at the same time would end up between 2 and 6Mbps avg.
LTE in the medium term will not provide a user with 20Mbps, but it will allow the average throughput per user to increase from say 2mbps to maybe 2.5 or 3Mbps on average. This given that you actually have a decent signal and this is where the 700Mhz digital dividend comes into play. In very densely populated areas 2.6Ghz can work, but apart from that you require 700Mhz.
 

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what about cdma then? If densely populated areas is this issue?
 

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where is vodacom on this? o wait, LTE us not sustainable :D

They are waiting for spectrum!

We have heard enough of LTE trials already but still no spectrum allocation. Operators should rather focus on completing mobile braodband coverage for now.
 

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to cover urban populations wireline is the only solution. To provide everyone with decent, guaranteed throughput imagine how many sites would need to be put up. These sites will need EPA and leasing assessments to be done, then people complain about unsightly towers etc. It simply doesnt add up.

I will reiterate what I have always said; LTE,HSPA, EvoEDGE etc are all mobile solutions, meant to make our lives easier, and enable us to communicate on the fly.They are not here to replace dedicated fiber,ADSL etc.
 

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LTE,HSPA, EvoEDGE etc are all mobile solutions, meant to make our lives easier, and enable us to communicate on the fly.They are not here to replace dedicated fiber,ADSL etc.

The amount of 3G subscribers paints a different picture

what are we to do with telkom who takes months to install, or when your cables get repeatedly stolen?


I would tend to agree with you in general, but in SA, it's a different story.
 
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