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13/06/2017

LTE Band 28 (700 MHz) Operators and LTE Devices for B28

LTE is used by the network providers in various frequency ranges. In the future, the area around 700 MHz ( LTE Band 28 ) will be increasingly used. There are already some end devices such as 4G USB modems, LTE mobile hotspot, wireless routers, smartphones and tablets, which support LTE Band 28 and thus future-proof. The frequency bands around 700 MHz have been used for mobile communications worldwide by many carriers, who have deployed the LTE Band 28 below.

 

Country Network Provider / Operator Launch Date
bhutan Tashicell April 2016
japan KDDI Oct 2015
japan NTT DoCoMo Jan 2015
japan SoftBank Jan 2015
Maldives Ooredoo Tunisia Apr 2013
mongolia Unitel Nov 2016
philippines world Jun 2016
philippines Smart Jun 2016
taiwan Ambit May 2015
taiwan APT Dec 2014
taiwan FarEasTone Jun 2014
taiwan Taiwan Mobile Jun 2014
finland DNA Feb 2017
France Free Sep 2016
Nigeria Glo Mobile Oct 2016
argentina Personal Dec 2016
brazil Algar Nov 2016
brazil Claro Jun 2016
brazil TIM Jun 2016
brazil Vivo Apr 2017
Chile Claro Oct 2016
Chile Entel May 2016
Chile Movistar May 2016
Panama +Movil Mar 2015
Panama Claro Aug 2015
Panama Movistar Mar 2015
Peru Claro Sep 2016
Peru Movistar Jul 2016
Suriname Telesur Jan 2016

   

LTE Band 28(700MHz)

The frequency range between 703 and 733 megahertz (uplink) or between 758 and 788 megahertz (downlink) is defined as band 28. It is therefore an FDD LTE band (frequency division duplex, uplink and downlink are handled over separate frequency ranges). Globally speaking, the frequency range around 700 MHz is very popular for mobile applications, the band 28 is part of "APT700" and is seamlessly integrated into the LTE band 20 (800 MHz). Mobile broadband networks benefit from the additional usable radio spectrum. The advantages of the 700 MHz frequency range or band 28 are obvious: the spectrum allows a very good range and a comparatively very good indoor supply. 

 

Network operators can offer a basic broadband supply in the country simply and cost-effectively and optimize the supply in buildings in cities. The disadvantage is the comparatively low radio spectrum per provider, the achievable speeds should be quite low with around 50-75 MBit/s in the downlink. In combination with other frequency bands (carrier aggregation with 800, 900, 1500 MHz, etc.), the data rates then increase rapidly, so that band 28 is an ideal complement to the already existing radio spectrum.

 

LTE devices for LTE Band 28 (700MHz)

Since many network providers had deployed the LTE band 28 for more than 2 years, many terminals are suitable for band 28, and more are added as time goes. Among them, many popular devices are from large manufacturers, for example the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S8, as well as the Apple iPhone models from the iPhone 6. Some users may want to know more details about the LTE user devices, please check below the LTE USB Modem for band 28, LTE Module for Band 28, LTE Mobile Hotspots for band 28, LTE Wireless router for band 28 and LTE Smartphone for Band 28:  

 

LTE USB Modem for Band 28:

  1. Huawei E3372h-607
  2. ZTE MF833
  3. Huawei E8372h-607
  4. Huawei E8372h-608
  5. Huawei E8372h-510
  6. ZTE MF79

 

LTE Module for Band 28:  

  1. Sierra AirPrime MC7430
  2. Sierra AirPrime EM7430
  3. Huawei ME906s-158
  4. Huawei ME916S

     

LTE Mobile Hotspot for Band 28 :  

  1. Huawei E5786s-62a
  2. Huawei E5786s-63a
  3. Huawei E5573s-606
  4. ZTE MF970
  5. ZTE MF980
  6. ZTE MF903
  7. ZTE MF905
  8. ZTE MF910
  9. Netgear Nighthawk M1
  10. Netgear Aircard 810s
  11. Netgear Aircard 790s
  12. Netgear Aircard 785s

 

LTE Wireless Router / Gateway for Band 28 :  

  1. Huawei B315s-607
  2. Huawei E5186s-61a

 

LTE Smartphone for Band 28 :  

  1. Samsung Galaxy S6 G9200
  2. Samsung Galaxy S6 G9209
  3. Samsung Galaxy S6 G9208
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 N9200
  5. Sony Xperia X
  6. Sony Xperia Z5
  7. Sony Xperia M4
  8. Huawei Mate 9
  9. Huawei Mate 9 pro
  10. Huawei Honor Magic
  11. HTC 10
  12. HTC One X9
  13. HTC One M9 +

Huawei E5180 Cube for Congstar Homespot Test

At the IFA, congstar presented its first mobile phone tariff at the beginning of September, which also officially foresees the use of Telekom's LTE network. However, the offer can only be used in a certain place, for example, to have a broadband internet connection in the caravan, at the campsite or in the student residence.  

 

 

In the contract, congstar presented a WLAN Cube, also a suitable router manufactured by Huawei, which converts the LTE Internet access into a WLAN signal, which then makes it possible to provide internet for smartphones, tablets and notebooks with a wireless Internet access supply. A device can also be connected directly to the WLAN Cube using an Ethernet cable.

 

 

We have s the opportunity to test the homespot rate of congstar together with the WLAN Cube since last week. The SIM card must be inserted into the router slot. The WLAN Cube is then supplied with power via the included power supply unit. The PIN of the SIM card must then be entered. This works via the configuration menu of the router, which can be reached at address 192.168.8.1 via a connected smartphone, tablet or notebook. For future use, the SIM PIN can be stored so that it does not have to be entered again.

 

 

Congstar Homespot from Huawei E5180  

 

The WLAN access data and the homespot model are to be found on the underside of the router, which in the original is called Huawei E5180. After initial commissioning, the SSID as well as the password can be customized. In addition, users have the option of switching from the automatic selection of the WLAN channel to manual selection. The WLAN Cube is supported only by the much heavily overloaded 2.4 GHz range. If you want to use a 5 GHz router, you have to check other models such as the latest Huawei B525 and Huawei E5186 wireless gateway. If you want to use your own router instead of the congstar WLAN Cube, you have to make sure that it has the LTE standard and the frequency ranges used around 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz.  

 

 

However, the test also showed that congstar Homespot is not only working with 4G network. If LTE is not available at the desired location, the cube would work on 3G or 2G network automatically. We have switched the WLAN Cube, however, experimentally via the configuration menu to the GSM-only mode. Afterwards we were shown a strong signal.   In addition to the signal strength of the received mobile network, the configuration menu for the Huawei E5180 router also shows the current connection time and the transferred data volume. The WLAN status and information about the connected users are also available.

 

 

congstar as well as the manufacturer Huawei officially speak the E5180 Cube of a WLAN range of up to 250 meters. We have not achieved this value in practice. However, the signal is quite comparable to that of a classic DSL router like an AVM FRITZ! Box 7490. A mobile hotspot is much weaker. If, for example, a Huawei E5776 is only sufficient for supplying a small apartment or a hotel room, the congstar WLAN Cube can quite well cover a one-family house with wireless Internet access.    

 

Speed Test Good

 

We have continuous operated the wireless hotspot over several days. Internet access was always reliably available. A restart of the router was not required to stay on reception. The two lights on the outside of the device, which on the one hand display WLAN availability and, at the very least, the current strength of the received LTE signal, is practical.

 

 

Over several days, we have examined the data transfer rates offered by congstar's internet access. The provider itself provides up to 20 MBit/s in the downstream. This value was also achieved in the test, whereby the LTE signal strength also plays a role here. If only a medium reception level is displayed on the router, the data throughput also drops.    

 

On average, we reached between 20 and 21 MBit/s in the downstream and 5 to 6.5 MBit/s in the upstream. The response times were between 17 and 25 ms. The congstar homespot therefore provided similar performance data, such as a VDSL-25 connection in the fixed network. Even the somewhat higher latencies compared to the fixed net do not make themselves noticeable with normal surfing, with the use of e-mails, fairs, etc. It may not be the case for gamers, who need the lowest possible ping times.

 

 

It should be borne in mind that our performance tests have only been carried out at the location in Hessian Spessart, which is registered as the usage address for the congstar Homespot. We also carried out measurements on different days and at different times of the day. The results were quite similar, with Telekom's LTE-800 radio cell, which is available here, with a unrestricted data SIM generally providing data rates between 40 and 50 MBit/s in the downstream.

 

 

However, our results are not comparable to data rates and ping times at other sites. Depending on the number of users and the user behavior, depending on the network configuration and capacity, there can be significant differences. Above all, in cities it is quite possible that the well-developed LTE network of the Telekom has some overloading phenomena.  

 

In summary, the Huawei E5180 congstar homespot is good for wireless supply at a house, but missing the 5GHz WiFi band. The Ethernet port is also good for desktop and the internet speed is also good for most cases. If you would like to know more Huawei 4G router, welcome to check here: https://www.4gltemall.com/4g-wireless-router/huawei-4g-lt...

06/06/2017

Huawei Honor V9 Smartphone on Hand

The Honor V9 is the top Smartphone in the Honor brand, which was launched at a higher price than current models on the market. With the Honor V9, you would find the specifications are improved significantly. The device comes with Quad HD display, dual camera and HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor and comes with a super flat metal boy. Whether the surcharge to the "normal" Honor 8 is worthwhile and where are the strengths and weaknesses, should be described in this experience report.

 

 

Elegant Appearance

 

The Honor V9 is huge, yet elegant and beautiful to look at. The entire body is made of metal; the front is covered by glass with a rounded edge (2.5D glass). With only 6.97 millimeters, the device is quite flat, the 15.7 centimeters in height and the 7.7 centimeters in width, however, make the device so large that a single-handed operation even with large hands no longer possible. If you have not already possessed the same or similar size smartphone, one should definitely feel it in hand before the purchase. Here now Honor offers the V9 in different colors: red, blue, black and gold. There are three versions: 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM, 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM, 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM.

 

 

Good Specification

 

In this report, we will just provide a quick overview of the advantages and disadvantages. Among the advantages is definitely the 5.7 inch Quad HD display (2560 x 1440 pixels). It is not only very sharp, but also offers a great display quality and a very good maximum brightness. The thin body edges around the display are also to be mentioned positively.

 

 

Also the operating system and the software run smoothly in the test. Although the installed Android 7.0 OS is not the latest, but it is comparatively up-to-date and with the EMUI 5.1 interface, most users will probably get along very well, because it is optically nice and offers a lot of functions. The HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-Core processor with 4x 2.4 GHz and 4x 1.8 GHz clock power is the reason for this.

 

 

The dual camera on the back has two sensors: a 12 megapixel color sensor and a 12 megapixel monochrome sensor. Photos are sharp and are (as opposed to videos, more below) absolutely comparable to the images of significantly more expensive smartphones. In particular, the monochrome function is a highlight since the monochrome sensor can still provide good images even in poor light conditions. The battery is also clearly mentioned. With 4,000 mAh it offers a very good capacity and is recharged quite quickly thanks to Quick Charge technology. The battery runtime is normally two days during normal use.

 

 

Some drawbacks

 

The Honor V9 has also revealed some disadvantages in the test. Thus, in addition to the size, the strong heat development is particularly noticeable. The device has often been very warm after a short time of use, for example when apps were downloaded from the PlayStore and pictures were also viewed in the photo gallery. The loudspeaker is definitely not one of the strengths of the Honor V9. It is very loud if necessary, but the sound is quite flat.

 

 

Another disadvantage: the video function. The quality of the recorded video is comparatively bad, which can be determined especially by the strong noise (even in good light). In addition, the picture and sound are not synonymous, which appears when shooting of people very strange. The video function was tested by the way with 1080p Full HD resolution, purely theoretically, the Honor V9 could also record in 4K.

 

 

Since the Honor V9 is also a LTE telephone, the lack of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) function has to be mentioned. The brother models of Huawei (Mate 9, P9, P10, etc.) support voice telephone over the LTE network, but the Honor V9 cannot do this is not quite understandable. Also WiFi calling, thus the telephone over WLAN nets, is not supported.

 

Conclusion

 

The Honor V9 is a very smart smartphone, which is especially worthwhile for lovers of giant displays. Huawei offers a very good and up-to-date technical equipment and can score with a good software. In addition to many positive points, there are also some negative aspects, which should be conscious before a purchase.