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26/08/2013

Vodafone Launch LTE Category 4 Stick

Vodafone offers LTE network now speeds up to 150 megabits per second (LTE Category 4). The speeds are initially available in the cities of Dusseldorf, Munich, Dortmund and Dresden, but are offered in the coming weeks in other cities. It is important to note that the 150 Mbit/s can be achieved only through LTE2600, in the well-developed network LTE800 only about 50 Mbit/s are possible. The smartphone tariffs and data tariff through Vodafone Mobile Internet Flat 50.0 can use the higher speed at no extra charge.  

 

The hardware for Vodafone is from Chinese manufacturer Huawei. As the first smartphone with LTE Category 4 is the Huawei Ascend P2 in the Vodafone shops, the first USB surf stick with LTE Category 4 is the Vodafone K5150H, which is also manufactured by Huawei. Might come in the next few weeks to other smart phones and modems, it is speculated, that the iPhone 5S (or whatever it is called) already support LTE Category 4.

 

 

Many of the customers may of course ask the meaning of 150 Mbit/s whom you look at the availability and the rates. My opinion: on the one hand, it is for Vodafone a great marketing tool for some users, it is certainly important to be able, at least theoretically reach 150 Mbit/s. On the other hand, the total capacity will be increased so that more people get good data rates simultaneously. And since I see the true sense: in places where currently LTE2600 is used, is expected anyway with a heavy load of networks.  

 

 

In the coming days and weeks, the Huawei E3276 4G LTE Category 4 Surfstick will come available, and we will take a few tests on the Vodafone 4G network, so that data rates are achievable in reality. And we will have a clear review about the 4G LTE Category 4 network from Vodafone.

19/07/2013

ZTE MF28B Rogers LTE Rocket Hub VS ZTE MF28G 4G LTE Router

As one of the main 4G LTE telecommunication equipment vendor, ZTE has presented many 4G LTE router to public, and most of them are already for operators' contract plan. Unlike Huawei B593 4G LTE CPE many modification models, each of ZTE 4G LTE routers has specific modem name, even though they look almost same in appearance.      

 

ZTE 4G LTE routers are designed in same appearance model, but they are not completely the same in some aspects.  Today, we will have a review of the difference between ZTE MF28B and MF28G 4G LTE Router.  

 

 

Network Bands  

 

Most of the routers with appearance differ on the network bands. They are for different operators. ZTE MF28B Router is for Canadian operator Rogers, and it's also called Rogers LTE Rocket Hub, but MF28B Hub could support single LTE band 7 (2600MHz), 3G HSPA (850/1900MHz) network is backward. As we can, it mainly for 3G network in North America.    

 

 

ZTE MF28G LTE Router is more powerful, it supports LTE dual-mode (TDD & FDD), it could support 4G TDD band 38 & band 40 (2300/2600MHz) and FDD band 7 & band 20 (800/2600). And ZTE MF28G supports 3G UMTS 900/2100MHz. ZTE MF880 4G LTE USB dongle could support these bands.   So unlocked ZTE MF28G could work with more 4G operators and in some countries, MF28G could replace MF28B.    

 

 

Data Rate Speed    

 

ZTE MF28B and MF28G could both reach peak downlink speed up to 100Mbps and uplink speed to 50Mbps on 4G FDD network. Simultaneously, MF28G could reach peak downlink up to 68Mbps and uplink speed to 17Mbps when working on TDD networks.  

 

 

 

Interfaces    

 

There are some adjustments in the bodies of the two ZTE LTE routers. MF28B has only 4 Ethernet ports (RJ45) while MF28G has 4 Ethernet. Ports, 2 RJ11 ports for telephone, and one USB 2.0 host port. So MF28G could support telephone and SD files sharing, but MF28B cannot.    

 

Logo    

 

Sometimes, the logo on the router may vary according to operators. And the firmware may also be customized for operators. As we can see, the Rogers LTE Hub ZTE MF28B has Rogers’s logo on it and the forms are version is also with Rogers logo.      

 

 

Other features of the routers are almost the same, to conclude, Unlocked ZTE MF28G is powerful when roaming globally. In certain countries, MF28B may be reliable on 3G networks.  

20/03/2013

HUAWEI E3276 4G LTE Category 4 USB Surfstick Review

Today, we get the demo of Huawei E3276 4G LTE cat4 USB Surfstick. If we say 2012 is the beginning year of 4G LTE, 2013 should be the beginning of 4G LTE Category 4. LTE Category 4 develops from 4G LTE (also called LTE Category 3) and is more efficiency in data transmission. It could support 50% faster speed than 4G LTE Category 3 with peak download speed up to 150Mbps on FDD network. What amazing speed!  

 

 

The Huawei E3276 Cat4 LTE modem is the successor of Huawei E398 and E397, which are LTE category 3 USB modems. Huawei E3276 has been presented to public by many 4G operators all over the world. The Huawei E3276 we get is in white color, no operators' logo. It's in Huawei logo without original package box.

 

HUAWEI E3276    

 

The total design of Huawei E3276 is very cool, in vertical direction; it looks like a burning fire. On the front of Huawei E3276, there is Huawei Logo and beside logo, there is a LED indicator to tell users the connection status.

 

   

 

Just like Huawei E398, the Huawei E3276 is also in rotatable USB design, the difference between them is the there is a cap to stuck the USB for E3276, press the button, the USB could auto eject, so it's somewhat like the USB design of Huawei E397, but Huawei E398 doesn't have this feature.

 

   

 

The USB could be rotated to 2D total 180 degrees. It’s a user friendly design because it will save much space when connecting this dongle to PC, and it would help to get better signal strength.  

 

     

 

On the back of Huawei E3276, there is a stick, on which, we could see the model number Huawei E3276, Certificate information and place of origin.

 

   

 

At the below side of Huawei E3276, we could see the MicroSD card slot covers by a plastic cap. Open it, we can see there is a external antenna connector with the slot. And the other connector for pigtail is at another hole.

 

     

 

Push the back over towards to the direction to USB, the back cover could be removed from the body, and then the inner part could be seen. The Module of inner part is in plastic material, there is SIM card slot in the module. Above the module, there is the model nuber, IMEI number of Huawei E3276, and the S/N number. The model number is HUAWEI E3276s-150.

 

 

 

We get the information that HUAWEI E3276s-150 support 4G LTE FDD 800/2600MHz and 3G UMTS 900/1900/2100MHz with 2G GSM qual band 850/900/1800/1900MHz backward. And it has its partner model HUAWEI E3276s-151.  

 

In conclusion, the design of HUAWEI E3276 is cool and we believe the LTE cat4 dongle would give reliable high speed support for the users. Next time, we will have a test report for HUAWEI E3276 in near future.