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MTN Nigeria confirms 4G LTE test operations by Visafone

MTN Nigeria confirms 4G LTE test operations by Visafone
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MTN Nigeria today said its subsidiary, Visafone, has started a pilot operation of Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) network to deliver broadband services to Internet users in the country.

Amina Oyagbola, Executive at MTN Nigeria, today confirmed the 4G LTE pilot operation by the subsidiary of MTN Nigeria, the nation’s biggest mobile phone company with over 60 million customers in a statement made available to Technology Times ahead of the commercial rollout of the high-speed Internet service.

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]According to the MTN Nigeria exec, “the launch of 4G LTE services by the merged entity of MTN and Visafone will roll-out superior high-speed internet services in major cities, empowering Nigerians with the latest mobile broadband technology which is expected to drive broadband penetration in the country from under 10 percent presently to the targeted 30 percent by 2018, in line with the Federal Government’s broadband plan and target.”[/quote]Oyagbola says the impending broadband service from MTN Nigeria further deepen its ongoing investments in the telecoms market estimated to have grow to $16 billion since launch of service in year 2001 by the mobile phone company owned by South Africa’s MTN Group.

Dr Omobola Johnson, Chairperson of Alliance for Affordable Internet (left); Mrs Amina Oyagbola of MTN Nigeria and Dr Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman of Open Media and other attendees at #TechPlus2016
Technology Times file photo shows Dr Omobola Johnson, Chairperson of Alliance for Affordable Internet (left); Mrs Amina Oyagbola of MTN Nigeria and Dr Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman of Open Media and other attendees at #TechPlus2016

“Our recent license acquisition further demonstrates our faith in the future of Nigeria. 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,” Oyagbola says underscoring MTN’s determination to deepen broadband penetration in the country.

According to the MTN Nigeria exec, “the launch of 4G LTE services by the merged entity of MTN and Visafone will roll-out superior high-speed internet services in major cities, empowering Nigerians with the latest mobile broadband technology which is expected to drive broadband penetration in the country from under 10 percent presently to the targeted 30 percent by 2018, in line with the Federal Government’s broadband plan and target.”

Speaking to the specifics of the test-run and subsequent launch, Richard Iweanoge, General Manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN Nigeria, disclosed that the 4G LTE technology will be launched to solely provide Nigerians “with the best, fastest and most competitive ICT services for all stakeholders.”

Iweanoge adds that, “we are pleased to set the pace once again as we break new boundaries with this test run, which will be available for now for our Visafone customers, who are provisioned on the 800Mhz band. When we roll-out fully, especially with our 2.6Ghz 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.”

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