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Re: LTE router usage.

On Mon, Oct 09, 2017 at 11:56:53AM -0700, peter@easthope.ca wrote:
> Hello,
> The large number of readers with extensive expertise 
> motivates me to post here.  Apologies for being out of 
> scope.
> 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.  
> http://www.ebay.ca/itm/122151615059 
> 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)
TDD-LTE (2300/2600MHz)
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
Zanzibar ;

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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