internet / 04/10/2012

8ta to launch free LTE trial

8ta will be offering free ‘4G’ LTE trials on 1 November 2012 to qualifying customers in the Gauteng area.

Part of the trial includes a 50GB data bundle, an LTE enabled device (either a modem and wireless router; or a USB modem as well as a SIM card). The router will be able to serve up to 32 WiFi enabled devices, with an indoor range of 15 meters.

If you want to be part of the trial, just visit www.8ta.com/lte to check if your area has coverage when the site goes live on Wednesday, 10 October around midday. The trial will take place from 1 November 2012 – 31 March 2013.

So what speeds can you expect from the next generation in mobile broadband? 8ta’s engineers who’ve been testing the service (internally for a year) have achieved peak speeds of up to 90Mbps for downloads and 25Mbps for uploads. Gimme some of that!

If you know me you know that I don’t consider Edge a real connection and that no Internet is better than Edge. I really hope my area is covered for LTE, would love to try it out! 90Mbps translates to faster everything! Definitely speeds I can live with.



Nafisa Akabor
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  • MTN will also commercially launch LTE before the end of the year while 8ta is running trials. .