This is the network powering FNB’s uncapped LTE trial

iBurst has already started building its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network and has partnered with First National Bank (FNB) to test it.

This news comes after FNB invited some of its ADSL customers on FNB Connect to participate in a free trial of uncapped Long Term Evolution (LTE) services.

Invitations went out towards the middle of December and the trial is set to run until the end of February.

Those who sign up will be given access to iBurst’s new LTE network, with FNB promising that almost all applications and uses will be uncapped.

“These include email, browsing, streaming traffic like video, music, YouTube, Apple TV, [DStv] BoxOffice, Netflix, VPN, real time online gaming, backups, and gaming downloads.”

The fair usage policy does specify a usage threshold of 50GB, after which connections may be shaped and throttled.

Asked for more details about the trial, iBurst said that the network being rolled out and tested is LTE, but they plan to switch to LTE-Advanced technology after the trial.

iBurst’s LTE test network is being built on its 1,800MHz spectrum – the same band Vodacom and MTN uses – and it only plans to cover certain parts of Johannesburg for the test.

Only FNB and iBurst customers will be invited to the trial.

iBurst said that it had not considered how it might price an uncapped LTE offer such as the one it is offering trial users.

“The trial is to test the new network and quality of service, so package structure and price irrelevant at this point.”

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This is the network powering FNB’s uncapped LTE trial