SpeedTest performed inside the Touch building on the 4G enabled device
After my post yesterday, I got an email from one of the winners of the 4G dongles who gave me further details on the pilot phase and the testing tools that he received.
Basically you will receive a detailed email from Touch Lebanon asking you to come to Beirut Touch Service Center and receive 4G testing tools (New Sim card + 4G enabled device) along with a feedback form. Upon activation of the 4G pilot, the user will benefit from 4G coverage in limited areas in Beirut with a 3GB data limit per month for a period of 3 months. If you exceed the 3GB consumption limit in the third month, the service will be deactivated.
Pilot launch will start on March 18th 2013 and end on June 18th 2013.
The device you get is a Huawei Ascend P1 LTE which looks like a decent Android smartphone to test on. I assume you can use your own phone if it supports 4G.
You can see below a SpeedTest screenshot back when 3G pilot phase was launched in September 2011. The 4G Download and Upload speeds are almost 3 times as better but I expected the speeds to be much higher than that to be honest. I don’t have a 4G dongle yet but I am hoping to get one next week.
Many thanks to Mark for the pictures and information.
Problem in Lebanon is the download limits, 3Gb seriously?
That’s for the pilot phase. We will probably get 750MB when it is launched. Maskhara.
I suspect it’s partly because the test server is in yerevan. The closer the test server, the better the results. I love in toronto, and I get almost 29mbps down and 10mbps up. With Lebanon’s limited fiber optics network, the speeds you should be expecting will be much lower, but should improve as the fiber optics infrastructure gets upgraded.
well haissam i did the tests and yarevan showed one if the highest speeds if i want to take the closest server it would be in damascus, syria and they don’t have the best infrastructure either. i think the problem lies within the carrier or maybe the network is still not operating in full capacity since testing phase started just a week ago but the problem is obvious since you are getting almost triple the speed hopefully they will fix it later.
Who is this mark?