Yesterday, we promised we would do everything to get a 4G dongle and test it so we get a feeling of just how fast this new technology implementation. The sad thing is we couldn’t buy our own dongle to play with. We couldn’t even get a rental one as for some reason none are available for the public at the Econet shop/stand at UNWTO. We’re told there are some technical challenges that their engineers where looking into. After all the launch hype this was of course a surprise.
Anyway, eventually we got an Econet staffer to help us do tests with his dongle. This was the result of a test from a device in Victoria Falls to Liquid Telecom server in Harare:
You can access the results on Speedtest.net here http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/2926829724.
It’s ironically exactly half the theoretical 65 Mbps speed Econet announced last week. This – 32.5 Mbps down speed and 11.36 upload – is very very fast by any standard. Think downloading a 1 gigabyte movie in under a minute. Of-course this assumes that all connections in between and the server providing the data at the other end are all working at least as efficiently.
Also note that the test was to a server in Harare. We didn’t do to other cities around the world as these would be affected by other non-Econet factors in between and therefore distort the result. Also good to note that this is 32.5 Mbps of a virtually empty highway so it’s still in some ways a theoretical speed. The speed would definitely be much lower once Econet starts adding subscribers to the network.
In our conversation with the Econet guy that let us use his dongle, he told us they have been getting as much as 45 Mbps on some tests. We will still make all effort to get our own dongle and probably do a test in Harare as well.
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