In a publicity stunt worthy of a
Michael Bay James Bond movie, Orange Mauritius officially launched 4G LTE in Mauritius.
But wait, didn’t Emtel launch 4G a month ago? Actually, that was a soft launch, not a commercial launch. Emtel will release their 4G sticks and offers next month.
So what’s 4G?
4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is the successor to the 3G (UMTS) & 3.5G (HSPA) networks, with speeds of up to 300Mbps download and 75Mbps upload.
Your existing 3G/3.5G devices are not compatible with 4G. It will only work with devices equipped with 4G LTE antennas.
Like the iPad 3, Lumia 900 LTE, HTC Evo 4G or Galaxy SIII LTE? Unfortunately, these devices will work only in the US. The reason is that the US uses different 4G LTE frequency spectrum bands than the rest of the world.
In the US, 4G LTE uses 700, 800, 1700 & 1900 MHz. The EU uses 800, 1800 & 2600 MHz. Because Mauritius follows the same bands as the EU, only LTE devices compatible with EU bands will work.
Update: I've been informed by @Sailesh28 that Orange Mauritius supports the 1800MHz band alone.
As it stands, the following devices are compatible with Orange’s network:
- Samsung Galaxy SII LTE
- Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE
- HTC One XL
- HTC Titan II/HTC Titan 4G
- HTC Velocity 4G
- Galaxy SIII - GT-I9305
- iPhone 5 - A1429
Orange will be providing 4G Internet Everywhere packages with speeds of up to 100Mbps. The dongle used is the Huawei E398, which supports 3G/HSPA/4G & has a microSD slot.
Currently, only Port Louis & Bagatelle have 4G coverage. If you move out of these regions, the connection will fall back to 3G (75% island coverage) & then EDGE.
Price of USB modem – Rs 8000 (VAT included)
The 4G offer is only available with the 5GB package at Rs 1300 (valid for 30 days) & Rs 3/MB excess.
& here are the videos of the Spiderman Alain Robert climbing the 110m Telecom Tower with this “bare hands.”
- Orange.mu - Mise en service commerciale du premier réseau 4G à Maurice
- Orange.mu – 4G
- Wikipedia – 4G LTE
- DéfiMedia - VIDEO : l’homme araignée émerveille les Mauriciens
- DéfiMedia - L’internet à très haut débit – Emtel lancera la 4G en juillet
- L’Express - Emtel lance la quatrième génération de téléphonie mobile