200Mbps mobile broadband barrier broken in South Africa

Telkom Mobile has recently achieved real world broadband speeds of over 210Mbps on its trial LTE network in Cape Town, with latency to a local speed test server of 10ms.

A Telkom Mobile executive explained that they used an LTE modem connecting to their LTE TDD network in a 4×4 MIMO configuration supporting dual carrier downlink to achieve these speeds.

Telkom Mobile has deployed a 3GPP release 10 software version at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and the Westin Hotel as part of its trial LTE network. The trial release of software used by Telkom Mobile in its live demonstration has some elements of LTE advanced (4G).

“We will be testing various beta versions until a final version is available for release in the bigger network,” Telkom Mobile explained.

“We will deploy in the rest of the network once further testing has been completed – expected for later in 2013 or early 2014. Device availability supporting these LTE advanced features will also become available over time.”

Speaking at the LTE Africa Conference in Cape Town, Amith Maharaj, Senior Managing Executive of Telkom Mobile said that they have deployed 1000 LTE enabled base stations, 800 of which are commercially live, in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.

Telkom LTE speed test in Cape Town
Telkom LTE speed test in Cape Town

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200Mbps mobile broadband barrier broken in South Africa