Telkom has revealed it is refarming parts of its network to make room for its LTE network.
This comes after a member of Telkom’s support community said their phone now connects to Telkom’s LTE network.
The user said when they bought an LG G4 Stylus, they were disappointed it could not connect to Telkom’s LTE network.
However, this past Saturday the subscriber said they saw the “4G” icon appear on their phone.
Telkom’s LTE and LTE-Advanced network was deployed in a configuration known as time-division duplex, on unused spectrum in the 2,300MHz band.
The LG G4 Stylus could not connect to Telkom’s network, because the model sold in South Africa does not support this configuration of LTE (TDD–2300).
TDD–2300 is a less-used configuration than the frequency-division duplex that other operators use in their 1,800MHz (MTN, Vodacom) and 2,100MHz (Cell C) bands.
The reason the subscriber’s LG G4 Stylus is now able to connect to Telkom’s LTE network is because the operator has started rolling out LTE on its 1,800MHz spectrum.
To do this, it has to “refarm” the spectrum, which means migrating its voice services and non-LTE subscribers to one of its other frequencies.
The move is significant as the lower-frequency 1,800MHz spectrum offers better in-building penetration and wider coverage than Telkom’s 2,300MHz band.