Re: LTE router usage.
- Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:57:17 -0400
- From: Dan Ritter <dsr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: LTE router usage.
On Mon, Oct 09, 2017 at 11:56:53AM -0700, peter@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> The large number of readers with extensive expertise
> motivates me to post here. Apologies for being out of
> A friend uses a phone, connecting to a cell tower about 10
> km distant, as an access point in Tanzania. According to
> this map, there are LTE routers which work in N. America and
> part of S. America and other routers which work elsewhere
> in the world. http://www.worldtimezone.com/gsm.html
> This TP-Link MR200 router works in Ghana.
> I expect it to work in Tanzania as well. Can anyone confirm
> or deny that? Will any similar router work throughout the
> world? Or in N. America and Tanzania at least? Any
> additional recommendations for a router?
The relevant details here are the LTE channels that the router's
radio can tune:
4G: FDD-LTE Cat4 (800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz)
3G: DC-HSPA+/HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (900/2100MHz)
2G: EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
and how that matches up in Tanzania:
900 1800 3G 2100 Airtel Tanzania; 3G 2100 Tigo; 3G
2100 Vodacom; 4G LTE Smile Tanzania - Vodacom 800Mhz; 4G LTE
Tigo ; 4G LTE Smart Telecom; 4G LTE TTCL ; 4G LTE Zantel in
So, yes, it looks like you can buy a SIM and get LTE with this
router in Tanzania.
There are various places where the radio frequencies won't
match up; hopefully you aren't going to those.
> The connection to the distant cell tower should be better if
> one of the monopole antennas is replaced with a directional
> antenna. Any recommendations for that?
> Thanks, ... Peter E.
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