There have been rumors and speculation for long time that Vodafone and Telekom will be launching the next generation LTE router in the coming months. From April, Vodafone introduces new LTE Router B3000, the successor to the B2000.
On the back label of the Vodafone B3000, it indicates that this is another new Huawei router. It’s from the factory model Huawei B593s-22. The internal LTE modem (of Hisilicon) even supports LTE category 4 (Cat4). Thus stationary data transfer rates of up to 150 Mbit per second can be achieved. However, due to the network coverage, LTE Cat4 is not available in all the cities. It’s now only available in some specific center cities which requires large data transmission. Probably later this year, Vodafone will expand coverage of all cities with CAT4 that designate at least 100,000 inhabitants.
Otherwise, there are few significant differences compared to the previous models. The B3000 back has 4 LAN ports and two RJ11 connectors for telephone via VOIP. In addition, a USB port is available for printer or host sharing and two SMA sockets for special LTE antennas. The router is DLNA enabled.
So how about the 4G compatibility? At this point, there are fortunately no complaints. All popular bands are supported in Europe, including LTE 800, 1800 , 2100 and 2600MHz. Even LTE on 900 MHz can be supported by the B3000 theoretically. Per the original factory model Huawei B593s-22, it can also support the 4G TD-LTE frequency 2600MHz.
Availability and costs
Vodafone plans, which claims to introduce the B3000 in April. The surcharge for the business customer data tariffs is unique around 10 €. For private customers pay about 50 euros once. The B3000 router is already available as Huawei B593s-22 without a contract in the store 4gltemall.com . Tip: Huawei B593s-22 could fully replace Vodafone B3000 because it has the full functions as designed and no customization from operator.