Vodafone launches 4G Cat 4 devices

USB dongle and Wi-Fi hub supporting 10 devices released

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has launched two Category 4 mobile broadband device delivering theoretical speeds of up to 150Mbps.

Vodafone today announced the release of a USB dongle and a Wi-Fi hub. The hub can connect up to 10 mobile devices at once.

The Cat 4 devices can potentially achieve faster speeds than previous devices because they are able to tap 20MHz of contiguous spectrum that Vodafone has in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. While unlikely the devices will actually reach 150Mbps in real world conditions, the max speed is 50Mbps faster than previous “category 3” 4G devices available today which support up to 100Mbps.

Location of the user, time of day, the number of users on the network and their level of activity are all factors that can reduce the actual speed of the wireless network. Speed is also affected by the bandwidth of the spectrum and the speed of the backhaul connection to the mobile base station.

Vodafone last year released a Cat 4 tablet by Huawei. In our tests, however, the tablet did not seem significantly faster than a Cat 3 device we had tried on the Vodafone 4G network.

Vodafone said it will give a 15 per cent discount to customers who buy the dongle or Wi-Fi hub on their existing postpaid account. The offer runs until 2 April.

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