I realize my contributions won't be about Sprint or anything in the US market...so please feel free to move to a 'foreign' section.
Before I start any new threads or post further, I thought it might be interesting if I share what I know on my local carriers. Here we go...
The Big Four in South Africa
MTN (MTN Group reported 210 million subscribers in April 2014; big push into rest of Africa)
Vodacom (51.5 million subscribers reported in July 2013; owned by Vodafone UK)
Cell C (12.3 million subscribers reported in November 2013; "the underdog")
Telkom Mobile (1.6 million subscribers reported in September 2013; "new kids on the block")
LTE takes off
Telkom Mobile, previously "8ta", were the early adopters and conducted a very visible LTE trial during the period November 2012 - August 2013. MTN and Vodacom followed suit. From what I could see, they conducted closed trials. Cell C has yet to adopt LTE.
- MTN operates their 3G and LTE networks in the 1800MHz band. They use FDD for LTE.
- Vodacom also operates the 1800MHz band, also using FDD for LTE.
- Telkom Mobile use 2100MHz for 3G and 2300MHz for LTE. They're the only carrier to use TDD.
- Cell C operates in the 2100MHz bands offering 2G and 3G only (as at August 2014)
Personal use of each carrier for LTE
Telkom Mobile uses TDD so get very high speeds; I've hit 73Mbps but have seen demos of 100Mbps; Uploads max out at 7-9Mbps; This is my voice provider.
MTN uses FDD and the speeds are much more synchronous; I've hit up to 50Mbps but have seen other users getting 71Mbps; Uploads max out at 21Mbps. This is my home fixed broadband provider.
Vodacom uses FDD and the speeds are a mixed bag yet performance is good; I've not seen many reports on LTE speeds but have personally hit around 16Mbps down and 9Mbps up, best case; I use this carrier for my iPad 4.
Hey Brad, I just meant with any of those, but all together would be a great second step. I have a few embedded radios and available band combinations in generic firmware tend to be broad. Unfortunately Band 41 has limited FDD aggregation band support. Band 25/26 is available so Ideally 2 and 5 fall in there like dood mentions below.
Great solution! Super nice. My guess is development will gear more towards n41 but in the meantime this would be fantastic. I wonder if we will see a solution that allows us to aggregate channels from differing eNodeB or sectors. This would help in the transitional period of the merger.
I also wonder if this is possible with that fancy virtualized dual action but one end point core all the software magicians speak of. I believe the canadien carriers have an example of what I am referring to.
So band 71 is new here but useless. My phone was staying on band 2 at -120 to 125, then catch band 12 which wasn't much help, and then band 71 didn't help. I wasn't far from the site and no really big obstacles blocking signal. I'm assuming it's still being tested? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk