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My WiMax connection developed a cough

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My E-WiMax internet connection has for some weeks been as bad as our electricity supply. Dropped connections have been the order of the day. Usually when that happens, my 3G dongle comes to my rescue. Unfortunately this is no longer an alternative.

With the eWiMax, things get done but with a lot of patience. The 3G dongle is now a thief of my hard earned cash. There are many times that I have bought data bundles that I never used until expiry; the system would not let me in. I need to sue somebody!

There has been no word from my ISP. No news is bad news; and I got it through grapevine. My erstwhile fantastic service provider is rolling out 4G LTE and is pulling resources like frequencies towards the new platform. Technically this means that eWiMax and 3G will suffer for a while and then the party will begin.

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“Slow down a bit, what on earth is 4G LTE?” You may be saying. Oh! That, I am so sorry, I thought you knew. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. Does that help? Surely it does not. It just begs more questions!

The thing is that the smartphone concept actualized with the arrival of 3G (Third generation data networks for mobile phones). The older 2G networks only allowed small amount of data. With the arrival of 3G on the scene standard internet pages, video and data specially formatted for smartphones debuted.

3G is good and beautiful but cannot truly replace a home/office broadband. It was for this reason that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) decided to define the 4G platform in 2008. The telecommunication body got very ambitious; 100 megabits per second for mobile solutions like smartphones and tablets and a whooping 1 Gigabit per second for hotspots.

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Ever since, technology companies have spent huge amounts of money to climb this Mount Everest. If these speeds were achieved, the world would simply ben utopian. Unfortunately, all have been found wanting before the throne of 4G.

Guilty that they developed some dinosaur that does not exist, the engineers at ITU decided to call serious efforts towards 4G, LTE. Does that now make sense? LTE means Long-Term Evolution towards LTE. Some marketing guru decided to spice it up and called it 4G LTE.

4G LTE allows companies to market 4G when actually they do not have any 4G product to offer. All the company has is a glorified 3G that one day would most probably become 4G. If implemented well, LTE has noticeably higher speeds than most 3G networks.

All I am trying to say is that my ISP is overhauling its 3G towards LTE. In doing this, the LTE new system can cause collisions with the existing eWiMax and 3G systems. Technically, this is sometimes unavoidable. Most probably this is why my internet connection has a developed a cough. As soon as the upgrade work is done, the cough will clear.

This talk brings to memory the ranting by Government that theorizes that because Simbanet fiber link is cheaper, then ISPs should drop charges. That is not the way it works, unfortunately.

ISPs do not connect to a single internet pipeline. If they did, we would have intermittent internet connections. Fiber links do die and when they do, the ISP must connect to the next one available without you noticing. I am reliably informed that while Simbanet is cheap in price, it is also cheap in quality.

Because it can die at will, it does not really bring the costs of the ISPs down. So, ignore the verbose from Government; Simbanet is not a game changer.

To enjoy LTE, you will need to change your handset to one that can connect to an LTE network. LTE comes into two flavours; so ask your ISP for a suitable one.

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