Telkom updating routers so you can force them onto 2,300MHz

skusku

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Whats the best Fibre or LTE in terms of speed and reliability?
 

Ockie

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Can the network not automaticallly balance the load and instruct devices to switch to a different band if it determines that the performance on the 1800 band is degraded or slower?
 

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Is there a direct download link for the firmware?, I have no option to update and it's apparently been available for some time.
 

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This happened about 2 weeks back..
My tower is now beyond congested in the evenings.. FML
 

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Tower across the road from the office is a 2300mhz so locked that frequency. Tower 250m from home is a 1800mhz so locked the home one to that. Happiness all round.
 

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This, cant beat a physical connection
Over the years that I've had fixed line ADSL it has gone down tons of times because of storms, theft, etc. Telkom LTE has been significantly more reliable, enough that I've canceled ADSL.
 

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Over the years that I've had fixed line ADSL it has gone down tons of times because of storms, theft, etc. Telkom LTE has been significantly more reliable, enough that I've canceled ADSL.
That why I said almost, unmaintained broken physical obviously wont be,
 

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Is there a direct download link for the firmware?, I have no option to update and it's apparently been available for some time.
There is no firmware file for download, only pushed OTA update.

Only the latest Telkom branded firmware has this option. If you have B315s with a branded version different than Telkom (ending 372), hold on, do not upgrade to the version 21.321.x.x.x. Find instruction how to debrand firmware to the Telkom version here: https://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/777667-HUAWEI-B315s-LTE-router-discussion-thread

If you upgrade, debranding will be more difficult.
 
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Ok - applied the update. On 1800 my download speed maxes at 40Mbps but upload is 20Mpbs. On 2300 Down is 60Mbps but upload 8Mbps. So will stick with 2300 for now.
 

dotcat

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FYI before this my router would never connect to the 1800mhz band - it has different cell id xxxx522 vs 512
 

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Ok - applied the update. On 1800 my download speed maxes at 40Mbps but upload is 20Mpbs. On 2300 Down is 60Mbps but upload 8Mbps. So will stick with 2300 for now.
At work, same as you. At home, because I am MUCH closer to a 1800mhz tower, I have to use 1800mhz to get the 25-35mb download speed I need. For streaming and browsing, I can't notice the difference between the 25mb connection and the 60mb connection I have at the office.
 

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OK this explains alot. I did notice the update happen the other day and ever since then my signal has dropped to 1 bar and im lucky to get 2mbps.
Will try this tonight.
 

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Aha - seen a fair amount of instability over the past two weeks and suspect this has been the reason. Just updated my router to allow forcing of spectrum and ran some tests. Confirmed Cell_ID does change.

Pretty interesting:
Auto (assumed connecting to 2300MHz) =
http://beta.speedtest.net/result/6432712127
Forced to 1800MHz = http://beta.speedtest.net/result/6432722963
Forced to 2300MHz = http://beta.speedtest.net/result/6432729619

In summary, 1800Mhz is much slower down but very fast upload, which am surprised about.

Had hoped the 2300Mhz would be better all-round...will test tonight when contention goes to ****e and leaving on forced 2300MHz

Others seeing similar results?
 

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2300MHz is always going to be better for this type of service.
Not as congested as 1800MHz and though upload may be higher, download will always be worse- well this is what I an many other MYBB users have experienced.
 

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For those questioning the better UPLOADS on 1800mhz:

I think that's probably just a consequence of the different duplexing schemes used on the two different bands.
The original Telkom rollout on 2300MHz used TDD (Time-Division Duplexing), where the potential channel capacity is divided between down- and upload in the ratio of around 4:1. In practise, most people see around 10:1, ie upload speed on 2300MHz is around 10% of download speed.
Most operators using the 1800MHz band use FDD (Frequency-Division Duplexing), where the up/download performance is more symmetrical, ie closer to 1:1. This was certainly the case with MTN and Vodacom. I suspect the same applies to Telkom's 1800MHz LTE service.
 
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