Econet 4G LTE was officially launched by the Econet CEO Douglas Mboweni at an event in Harare. 4G LTE will be available in Harare’s CBD, Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls airports, and in Victoria Falls town. The service will be available via the use of dongles which will be sold at Econet outlets, we are yet to determine the actual prices of the dongles.
Data prices remain the same as 3G, were US$1 gets you 10 megabytes of data. This basically means you will be spending more on data. This launch makes Econet the 7th Operator on the continent to launch 4G LTE.
For those who don’t know what 4G LTE is, according to wikipedia Long Term Evolution, marketed as 4G LTE, is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals. It is based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies, increasing the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements.
In theory Econet 4G LTE should provide downlink peak rates of 300 Mbit/s, uplink peak rates of 75 Mbit/s but in practice it will be nowhere near that we are already using 4G yet we haven’t really experienced the true value of 3G but that is a story for another day.
A lot of good developments are happening in the Econet stable we recently mentioned how Econet is now expanding its fibre optics to the high densities areas, hopefully all this will eventually make it cheaper for everyone to have access to information.
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