I finally got a chance to try Telia 5G and I was very surprised because the internet speed did not change at all after adding the N28 wave to the 4G aggregated waves. And when trying to connect only the 5G N28 modem RUTX50 did not connect to the network. What’s the problem here? So far, I have used this modem only in the 4G network and I was quite satisfied with its performance, and when a new opportunity appeared (TELIA started providing 5G services in my area), I decided to test the advantages of 5G, but unfortunately 5G does not work properly. During the entire time that I have been using the RUTX50 modem, the software version has been updated many times, but in the last version I noticed that there is no option to select only the 5G network. There is an option to automatically select only 5G; 4G; 3G and manually select waves. After manually selecting 5G all available waves and 4G wave which is not covered, the network is not connected. And when automatic wave selection is selected, N28;B1;B3;B7;B20 is connected, but there is no additional internet speed compared to only 4G waves B1;B3;B7;B20. And after actually adding wave N28, the Internet speed should increase to plus 300Mbps (this is the average speed declared by the TELIA connection coverage map) It is very strange that the latest model RUTX50 modem does not have the option to select only the 5G network, but the 3G network can be selected, although it is practically not used for sending Internet data and mobile operators promise to stop broadcasting it soon.
There could be a few factors at play here, but it would be very helpful if you could attach a screenshot from the mobile parameters page of your device (
Status → Network → Mobile), with the sensitive details blurred out, similar to this:
Make sure you’re on the latest RutOS firmware, and you’re using automatic band and network type selection. Additionally, if the update was performed with keep settings option enabled, make sure that Hardware flow offloading is enabled in the general firewall settings (
Network → Firewall → General Settings).
As for 5G-only mode, most of the European carriers still use 5G in NSA (non-standalone) configuration, meaning in order to utilize the 5G network, you must authenticate on the network using the 4G LTE technology. 5G is primarily used to increase the bandwidth in this configuration. However, as n28 band is utilizing the 700MHz spectrum, it does not add much bandwidth and is mainly used for increasing the 5G coverage.
As for the speed, could you clarify how the measurements are performed? The most accurate way would be to connect the router to your PC using an Ethernet cable and use online speed testing service. It would also be good to know the actual achieved results of your tests, as the carrier provided figured don’t always match the actual speed figures due to many other possible variables.
Lastly, make sure your internal modem is up-to date by navigating to System → Firmware.
I keep the software up to date, I just installed the latest update this morning. After reading more topics on the forum related to 5G, I realized that currently 5G (NSA) does not work without 4G, so I do not expect the expected improvement in ping and Internet speed.
Thank you for providing the information.
Since the n28 band only has 10 MHz channel bandwidth it makes sense that it does not affect the speed much. I would also suggest trying a few different servers from speedtest.net, as Telia server is often at capacity and displays lower speeds than the device is capable of.
You could also try whitelisting only the n78 band (if it’s available in your location), as this band operates at 3.5GHz frequency band and supports 100MHz channel width, which greatly increases the speed. On Telia’s lithuanian map they call this “5G Greitas”.
Thanks for the quick reply. As for the N78 band, I’m too far from the base station about 11 kilometers. Although I have a good directional antenna amplifying the high frequency signal up to 30dbi, but I could not catch the BITE 5G broadcast N40
In that case, I’d suggest leaving the device on Auto for connection parameters, as the n28 band does still provide some additional bandwidth which could be helpful during the times of higher cell tower load.
Let me know if any more information is needed.
Hello, It’s great that there are forums like this that provide a lot of useful information. I am also very grateful to you for your quick and detailed replies. TELIA’s coverage map misleads customers by stating that 5G N28 (Broadband) delivers pretty impressive internet speeds. It has now become clear to me that 5G (broadband) is the same as 4G with all the bands plus one extra N28 (NSA) band added which really doesn’t add much speed and low latency. I really wanted to try the advantages of the 5G network (high speed, low latency and stability), but it will not work for those living in the countryside where there is none and I think that 5G (fast) will not appear soon. Anyway, I also wanted to ask you if it is possible to use only the TELIA 5G network in Lithuania without 4G?
Until Telia rolls out a standalone 5G core, there is no way to connect to 5G cells for data connectivity (only emergency services are supported). This most likely will not happen for the next few years, as big investments are needed for all of the new infrastructure. However, it should be noted, that in 5G standalone mode 4G LTE bands cannot be used at the same time, so if the carriers do not start using additional bands, only the n28 band will be available with very limited bandwidth. For the foreseeable future it’s better to use 5G in NSA mode, as the latency is unlikely to change much as well, since 5G lowers latency for critical infrastructure and emergency services. It is unlikely to affect regular users.
Thank you for the information
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