Rain is set to go ahead with its plan to limit the devices supported on its fixed LTE-A network from 1 November.
Rain told MyBroadband that its LTE-A service is only intended to be a fixed-LTE service. Until now, Rain’s LTE-A SIMs had worked in a range of routers and smartphones.
“The SIM has to date worked in a number of different devices, and this was intentional from Rain, as it allowed the team to conduct detailed network testing,” said Rain.
From 1 November, however, only supported devices will work on the network.
Its plan to limit which devices work on its network comes after ISPs recently started offering SIM-only deals from Rain.
Rain said the following devices will be supported from 1 November.
- Huawei B315
- Huawei B618
- Huawei B2338 (Outdoor)
- ZTE MF253
- ZTE MF283+
- ZTE MF286
“The reason for limiting to these devices is that they offer the best customer experience – in terms of speed and reliability – and we hope to accredit more routers over time.”
“The list of CPEs (customer-premises equipment) is changing and evolving all the time – the more CPEs the better. As long as the CPE passes the various technological specs, they will be supported,” said Rain.
Rain’s decision to limit which devices work on its fixed LTE-A network also comes after the unveiling of Rain Mobile.
Rain Mobile is set to take on the likes of Vodacom and MTN, offering data-centric services to smartphone users, and will launch a beta trial in 2017.