Telecom Namibia has launched commercial 4G LTE services under its TN Mobile brand, initially available in the capital Windhoek and its surrounds, plus other urban centres including Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Langstrand, Henties Bay, Ondangwa, Ongwediva, Oshakati, Ohangwena and Oshikango.
TN Mobile is offering LTE data speeds of ‘up to 100Mbps’ to all pre- and post-paid subscribers, while coverage outside 4G areas will be offered on its newly upgraded and expanded 3G network with maximum speeds of 21Mbps (HSPA+). The operator says this compares favourably with existing LTE provider MTC Namibia’s promised top 4G speed of 50Mbps and maximum 3G data rate of 7.2Mbps. For pre-paid TN Mobile users, the company is offering a 4G LTE USB dongle modem bundled with 500MB data for NAD298 (USD29), while data is charged at the same rate regardless of whether using 4G or 3G. Telecom Namibia also pointed out that although Apple handsets (iPhone) or tablets (iPad) are not currently compliant with its 4G dongles, the modem device will work on an Apple laptop.
A monthly post-paid LTE subscription is charged at NAD398 (compared to MTC’s N399 package), with a connection fee of NAD175 (MTC: NAD218) with 10GB of inclusive data (the same as MTC’s basic package), while the rival cellcos both offer a bonus ‘double up’ 5GB, and both offer ‘rollover’ data up to a maximum of three months. However, TN Mobile is bundling in free Wi-Fi hotspot coverage (also at ‘up to 100Mbps) which MTC does not currently include in its package. An unlimited TN Mobile LTE data package costs NAD998 (MTC: NAD999), with a fair usage policy which throttles download speed to 512kbps when 90GB is reached in a month.