MTN Begins 4G LTE Internet Services Trial In Nigeria


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MTN Nigeria’s subsidiary,
Visafone, has
commenced the test-run of its
fourth generation
long term evolution (4G LTE)
internet technology service for smartphone users.
MTN said in a statement on
Thursday that the roll-
out of the 4G LTE services would
help provide
superior high-speed internet services in major
cities to empower Nigerians with
the latest mobile
broadband technology.
MTN executive, Amina Oyagbola,
said the company was determined to
deepen broadband
penetration in the country.
“Our recent license acquisition
further
demonstrates our faith in the future of Nigeria,”
Mrs. Oyagbola said. “We believe
in supporting the
positive transformation of
Nigeria and we have
demonstrated this belief through the level of our
investment since 2001, which
currently stands at
approximately $16 billion.”
General Manager, Consumer
Marketing, MTN Nigeria, Richard Iweanoge, said
the specifics of
the test-run and subsequent
launch of the 4G LTE
technology would be launched
with the sole objective of providing Nigerians
with “the best,
fastest and most competitive ICT
services for all
stakeholders”.
He said MTN Nigeria was pleased to set the pace
and breaking new boundaries
with the test run,
which would be available for
now for only
Visafone customers, currently provisioned on the
800 MHz band.
“When we roll-out fully,
especially with our 2.6
GHz spectrum, the launch will
help to enhance customer experience for our
over 60 million
subscribers, while ensuring
greater coverage,
access, affordability and
ultimately a smart lifestyle for everyone,” he said.
He said the 4G LTE roll-out was a
demonstration
of the company’s commitment to
accelerate the
achievement of the country’s targeted broadband
penetration by 2018.