After a colourful launch with a lot of buzz, Faiba 4G has not reached the milestone everyone hoped it would. The service has been around for quite some time now but the biggest hurdle for the company has been lack of support for Band 28 (700MHz). Very few phones support the Band and even those that do, the respective manufacturers have to push out an OTA (Over the Air) update in order for Faiba 4G to work perfectly.
At launch, only Nokia smartphones were ready to work flawlessly on the network, others like Lenovo (Motorola), Samsung, TECNO and Infinix were yet to receive support for this Band. Well, the wait for Samsung users is about to end, albeit in March this year.
Samsung Electronics East Africa revealed that they have been working with Jamii Telecommunications Limited (JTL), the company behind Faiba 4G in testing their compatible phones to work on the network. Samsung said that they will be pushing an OTA update to their compatible smartphones, starting with the J-Pro series of 2017 going upwards, enabling their phones to work on Faiba 4G VoLTE network.
We did not get an exact list of smartphones from Samsung, but from our list of Phones that pack Band 28, here are Samsung smartphones that might be getting said OTA update in March:
- Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Note FE and Note 8
- Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016 models & 2017 models) and A7 (2016 models & 2017 models)
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, J7 (2017), J5 Prime, J2, J2 Prime
This is encouraging to Samsung users and we hope that other manufacturers will also be updating their smartphones soon to support Faiba 4G network.