How Supersonic Air Fibre will perform better than uncapped LTE and 5G

Hanno Labuschagne

Journalist
Staff member
Joined
Sep 2, 2019
Messages
2,254
How Supersonic Air Fibre will perform better than uncapped LTE and 5G

Supersonic recently announced its Unlimited Air Fibre product, a new uncapped wireless broadband solution which promises to offer fibre-like performance at affordable prices.

Starting at R399 per month, customers will be able to get a constant-bitrate connection beginning at 5Mbps and going all the way up to 100Mbps.

MyBroadband spoke to MTN Supersonic Managing Director Calvin Collett about how the new product will work and what makes it different from other fibre alternatives – such as fixed-LTE and 5G.
 

Johand

Expert Member
Joined
Jan 21, 2005
Messages
1,666
There really needs to be an ASA complaint about people using "fibre" to promote RF technologies. Not the same thing, and designed to mislead customers.

Otherwise rwise I should start selling Chocolate Anti-Viral Smarties (just regular smarties with misleading name).
 

Herr der Verboten

Executive Member
Joined
Feb 14, 2012
Messages
9,273
How Supersonic Air Fibre will perform better than uncapped LTE and 5G

Supersonic recently announced its Unlimited Air Fibre product, a new uncapped wireless broadband solution which promises to offer fibre-like performance at affordable prices.

Starting at R399 per month, customers will be able to get a constant-bitrate connection beginning at 5Mbps and going all the way up to 100Mbps.

MyBroadband spoke to MTN Supersonic Managing Director Calvin Collett about how the new product will work and what makes it different from other fibre alternatives – such as fixed-LTE and 5G.
Cancer Causing Fiber :unsure:
 

Vorastra

Executive Member
Joined
Jan 13, 2013
Messages
6,081
My issue with all this is how do we motivate our area to sign up and show interest. What is an acceptable amount? How many are they looking for?

What's Supersonic's outreach approach going to be like? Will they actively advertise in local area-based newspapers (hint: put an ad in the Berea Mail in Durban).
Will they be doing an aggressive AdSense campaign?
Do I now have to print out 80 leaflets and walk to each house...? Because I will. As I said to @SupersonicSA earlier, I can guarantee our area is interested, but the issue is trying to get them to A: know this even exists, and B: get them to show interest. Our area was one of those areas screwed by Telkom with no ADSL, now we all pay hundreds for garbage LTE, so people are keen.
 

JustAsk

Expert Member
Joined
Sep 11, 2007
Messages
3,260
My issue with all this is how do we motivate our area to sign up and show interest. What is an acceptable amount? How many are they looking for?

What's Supersonic's outreach approach going to be like? Will they actively advertise in local area-based newspapers (hint: put an ad in the Berea Mail in Durban).
Will they be doing an aggressive AdSense campaign?
Do I now have to print out 80 leaflets and walk to each house...? Because I will. As I said to @SupersonicSA earlier, I can guarantee our area is interested, but the issue is trying to get them to A: know this even exists, and B: get them to show interest. Our area was one of those areas screwed by Telkom with no ADSL, now we all pay hundreds for garbage LTE, so people are keen.
Maybe start by reading the article.
 

wingnut771

Honorary Master
Joined
Feb 15, 2011
Messages
12,072
My issue with all this is how do we motivate our area to sign up and show interest. What is an acceptable amount? How many are they looking for?

What's Supersonic's outreach approach going to be like? Will they actively advertise in local area-based newspapers (hint: put an ad in the Berea Mail in Durban).
Will they be doing an aggressive AdSense campaign?
Do I now have to print out 80 leaflets and walk to each house...? Because I will. As I said to @SupersonicSA earlier, I can guarantee our area is interested, but the issue is trying to get them to A: know this even exists, and B: get them to show interest. Our area was one of those areas screwed by Telkom with no ADSL, now we all pay hundreds for garbage LTE, so people are keen.
In the article it mentions 300 people as the amount of interest. What about using NHW whatsapp group in your area to garner interest?
 

Vorastra

Executive Member
Joined
Jan 13, 2013
Messages
6,081
In the article it mentions 300 people as the amount of interest. What about using NHW whatsapp group in your area to garner interest?
Shot. Jirre, literally the one part of the article that I missed and it answered the first aspect of my comment... 350 in 5KM radius is going to be interesting.
We don't have an NHW group. Well we used to, but nothing of interest ever happened so the group slowly withered to nothing lol.
 

wingnut771

Honorary Master
Joined
Feb 15, 2011
Messages
12,072
Shot. Jirre, literally the one part of the article that I missed and it answered the first aspect of my comment... 350 in 5KM radius is going to be interesting.
We don't have an NHW group. Well we used to, but nothing of interest ever happened so the group slowly withered to nothing lol.
Bugger, door to door or flyers it is then. :ROFL:
 

Sdu ntshapheka

New Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2021
Messages
2
My issue with all this is how do we motivate our area to sign up and show interest. What is an acceptable amount? How many are they looking for?

What's Supersonic's outreach approach going to be like? Will they actively advertise in local area-based newspapers (hint: put an ad in the Berea Mail in Durban).
Will they be doing an aggressive AdSense campaign?
Do I now have to print out 80 leaflets and walk to each house...? Because I will. As I said to @SupersonicSA earlier, I can guarantee our area is interested, but the issue is trying to get them to A: know this even exists, and B: get them to show interest. Our area was one of those areas screwed by Telkom with no ADSL, now we all pay hundreds for garbage LTE, so people are keen.
I'm currently facing the same situation
 

Swa

Honorary Master
Joined
May 4, 2012
Messages
27,916
What happened to that other provider that was going to beam WiFi down the street in the same way? Forgot what it was called.
 

Swa

Honorary Master
Joined
May 4, 2012
Messages
27,916
Shot. Jirre, literally the one part of the article that I missed and it answered the first aspect of my comment... 350 in 5KM radius is going to be interesting.
We don't have an NHW group. Well we used to, but nothing of interest ever happened so the group slowly withered to nothing lol.
Well that's 78km². Should be a lot easier than fibre providers who expect 1000 people in a suburb.
 

HartsockZA

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 12, 2015
Messages
719
Using public spectrum to deliver this is gonna mess up home routers wisps and security company systems. That and the fact you'll microwave your local wildlife
 

Sapphiron

Centadel
Company Rep
Joined
Jan 29, 2004
Messages
2,410
It constantly sends out six beams to understand the lay of the land and then uses that path to pick up the signal,” Collett said.

“At any one time, it has got six different signals going out and assume one comes back, fully formed, it uses the one. If three come back, it collates the three and uses the three. If six come back, it collates the six and uses all six,” Collett stated.
so basically, its going to make 5.8Ghz unusable for any outdoor application in the areas that they operate.

the whole premise of unlicensed spectrum is that people stick to defined channels along with the unspoken rules of limiting channel width.

As @HartsockZA said, its even going to mess with people's indoor wifi.
 

Sapphiron

Centadel
Company Rep
Joined
Jan 29, 2004
Messages
2,410
There really needs to be an ASA complaint about people using "fibre" to promote RF technologies. Not the same thing, and designed to mislead customers.

Otherwise rwise I should start selling Chocolate Anti-Viral Smarties (just regular smarties with misleading name).
yep, you need full duplex 17Ghz point to point microwave to get near to fibre like performance
 
Top