MTN's 5G network tested – Blisteringly fast speeds

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MTN's 5G network tested – Blisteringly fast speeds

MTN launched its 5G network in South Africa on 30 June with 100 sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, and Port Elizabeth.

This 5G launch, MTN SA CTIO Giovanni Chiarelli said, was made possible, in part, by the recent allocation of temporary spectrum by ICASA.

MTN delivers 5G connectivity using four spectrum bands – 3.5 GHz (58 sites), 2,100MHz and 1,800MHz (35 sites), 700MHz (5 sites), and 28GHz (3 sites).
 

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Is there even readily available 28GHz consumer hardware in South Africa?
 

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First off, that's a huge surprise. Secondly, I meant routers for home use.
The Snapdragon X55 Modem-RF System features the Qualcomm® QTM525 mmWave antenna module to handle band n258 (24.25 – 27.5 GHz) for North America, Europe and Australia. That supplements bands n257 (26.5 – 29.5 GHz), n260 (37 – 40 GHz) and n261 (27.5 – 28.35 GHz), supported in QTM052. It also accommodates 5G smartphone designs below eight millimeters in thickness.
It depends on what the manufacturer adds. Most will have skipped N261 as there's near no networks in the world that support it until recently, you'll only see support for most devices coming this half year.

Here's one that supports:

Better list (note these are not all routers, these are usually modules for e.g. laptop):
Fibocom FG100 modem (chipset: Intel XMM 8160) and Fibocom FB101 (chipset: Qualcomm SDX55) has all the US carrier bands.
4G-LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71
5G Bands: n1, n2, n3, n4, n5, n6, n20, n28, n38, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79, n80, n81, n82, n83, n84, N257, N261, N260


Quectel RM500Q-GL modem (chipset: Qualcomm SDX55) has all the US ATT and Tmobile bands, but does NOT have the Verizon bands.
4G-LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71
5G Bands: n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79


Quectel RM510Q-GL modem (chipset: Qualcomm SDX55) has all the US carrier bands.
4G-LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71
5G Bands: n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79, n257, n258, n260, n261


Sierra EM9190 modem (chipset: Qualcomm SDX55) has ALL the US carrier bands.
4G-LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 46, 48, 66, 71
5G Bands: n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79, n257, n258, n260, n261


SIMCOM SIM8200G/EA modem (chipset: Qualcomm SDX55) has all the US ATT and Tmobile bands, but does NOT have the Verizon bands.
4G-LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 48, 66 ,71
5G Bands: n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n40, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79


Telit FN980 modem (chipset: Qualcomm SDX55) has all the US carrier bands.
4G-LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 46, 48, 66, 71
5G Bands: n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n12, n14, n20, n28, n30, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79, N257, N258, N260, N261
US is supporting N261, so you'll start seeing a lot of manufacturers playing catch-up, price should drop a bit over the next year.
 

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For fsuk sakes. It’s not all about the speed. Data prices are the devil, and the faster the speed , the faster you maul the data. Can this country not get it into its skull that what the majority need is 5-10 meg speeds, true uncapped, at R400 to R600 per month.
This issue goes back to the days of ISDN and Diginet. 20 years down the line and still the same stupidity.
 

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Any reason why I shouldn't be worried about congestion down the line? 4G was also blisteringly fast on day 1, and now it's kak.
 

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I get its "Blisteringly fast speeds" We are going to use that term for a technology that can actually push 700mbps. Overseas people are peaking around 500-1.7gbps or even higher. Sure we aren't using mmWave but that's besides the point, which is now cap.

Current MTN 4G+ I am getting 163mbps and 30 up. If their 5G can maintain 500mbps and 100up then I will be impressed. But that's still missing the biggest and I do mean BIGGEST POINT. Being that 5G is meant to be cheaper, faster, unlimited data in most cases.

"Uncapped" 5G at a locked 24/36 Month contract with a 200GB FUP? The only way I see this justifiable is A. You have good coverage or B your FUP only shapes it down to a 100/50 connection. Still no information on that.

Its just scum level to lock somebody onto a 24-month contract on a beta network, which was allocated temporarily due to COVID with almost NO coverage, with a data cap that one COD update will use all of it on.
 
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So, how does Covid-19 fit into the description of a 5G network test? Taken yesterday in my Smart TV, and I can't help but wonder... How and why? 20200701_091831.jpg
 

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So, how does Covid-19 fit into the description of a 5G network test? Taken yesterday in my Smart TV, and I can't help but wonder... How and why? View attachment 868019
I personally name my own personal 5G testing grounds to their project names. So we have:
  • 5G mmWave BrainHive 1.2
  • 5G Brain Burst Alter Process
  • 5G Control Environment
  • Main 5G Net Captures
  • Moving 5G Motion 2Beta Tower <- my personal favourite.
Sadly my COVID-19 towers went down after Karen decided that it was messing with her hair in the mornings. That and I had an issue where people thought it was a cure or some weird testing.
 

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Impressive speeds - going to fly through 1GByte in 14 seconds.

MTN 30GB Pre-Paid data R999 - valid for 30 days
MTN 20GB Pre-Paid data R1250 - valid for 60 days
MTN 30GB Pre-Paid data R1350 - valid for 180 days

#DataPriceMustFall
 

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@Berhalet sorry to do this to you, but if you want to hide network names or any details for that matter, please use a non-transparent block.

Not sure why you trying to hide these but damn that Netgear91 must hold some true COVID secrets.

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P.S I hid the rest for the sake of it and sorry but it's a slow morning this side.
 

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Everyone's network show on my TV screen, as I love in a small complex. Thank you for pointing out it is see through. Doesn't matter I suppose, just curious about the Covid-19 testing that is reflected. We are on a complex service provider and I'm curious. ‍♀
 

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@Berhalet sorry to do this to you, but if you want to hide network names or any details for that matter, please use a non-transparent block.

Not sure why you trying to hide these but damn that Netgear91 must hold some true COVID secrets.

View attachment 868075

P.S I hid the rest for the sake of it and sorry but it's a slow morning this side.
So the conspiracy theory is correct - 5G causes Covid-19.
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I couldn't say but I checked my phone and laptop netowok settings, nothing. The Covid-19 5G testing 1.1 only reflected in my smart tv. So yes, it has me curious.
 

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Surprise surprise, speeds are blazing fast when it’s just you and your dog connected to the tower.
 

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Any reason why I shouldn't be worried about congestion down the line? 4G was also blisteringly fast on day 1, and now it's kak.
Exactly! So was 3G when it first started (and still is in some small dorps).
My understanding is that 5G offers the possibility of differential pricing depending on the quality of service you want / can pay for. It aims for a large amount of data traffic and massive number of wireless connections. Some of these will be internet of things kinds of connections and other will be heavy data users.
 
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