I'm using a Huawei B660 3G router at my house, with with a service provider called 8ta (in South Africa). I've been struggling for months to try and get them to troubleshoot and fix my connection, which was working fine for about a year.
I'm now daily struggling with download speeds of as little as 0.1Mbps to 0.5Mbps, especially after 5pm until about midnight. Upload speed off course is even worse.
8ta, has after months of me complaining agreed to install an antenna at my house, which will probably take another few more weeks for them to accomplish.
My question, is an antenna likely to fix my problem?
I often have 5/5 bars of signal on the router, so my argument is that signal strength might not be the problem. Since the connection is in a residential area, I would assume that their network is more likely to be a bit more congested after hours, but a technician explained to me that their network is never more than 30% "occupied".
Can the number of users connected on the 3G network/tower cause signal strength to attenuate for surrounding users?
Would it help replacing the B660 (7Mbps) router with a 21Mbps counterpart?
I'm contractually stuck with this provider for another few months, but it would be awesome to optimise the connection once and for all, since they are one of the most reasonably priced providers in South Africa.