While our biggest mobile networks have been delivering LTE connectivity to their customers for some time now, the country’s Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) have been a little behind the curve when it’s come to delivering LTE services. FNB Connect has set out to rectify that, by switching on its LTE capabilities.
According to Shadrack Palmer, chief commercial officer for FNB Connect (a cellular service that piggybacks on Cell C’s network), the activation of LTE capabilities happened on Monday.
“FNB officially switched on LTE capability on all FNB SIMs today (Monday),” he confirmed to Fin24.
Users who make use of FNB Connect can expect to get LTE coverage in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
A spokesperson at Cell C told Fin24 that “LTE is available to all our MVNOs and it is up to them activate and offer [it] to their customers.”
In December last year, the bank sent out a statement to select Connect users explaining that they have been selected to partake in a “no-obligation, free, fixed LTE trial”.
The trial ran until 29th February 2016, and during this time the selected Connect customers would enjoy free uncapped internet over the LTE network though a fair use policy that would came into effect should users be gorging themselves a bit too much on the all-you-can-eat style internet.
The world has been pulling ahead in terms of cellular connectivity speeds, and operators on the southern tip of Africa still have a lot to do if they want to remain competitive.
According to OpenSignal’s State of LTE report, which looks at LTE speeds and coverage across the world, the fastest connections are in Singapore with an average of 36 Mbps. South Africa, on the other hand, is low down the list with an average speed of 8 Mbps.
“For this report, we drew data from the hundreds of thousands of OpenSignal users that have LTE-capable phones and connect to operators with live 4G networks,” Open Signal said. “That data was collected in the three months between October and December, but we also included our results from the previous three months for comparative purposes.”[Source – Fin24]