Second National Telecommunications Operator, Globacom, has launched the fourth generation mobile technology, 4G-LTE network, in Nigeria.
Long Term Evolution LTE is a revolutionary mobile technology which enhances the data transfer rates delivering faster mobile broadband experience and highest data speeds and reliability.
LTE is an advancement in technology to the 3.5G and High Speed Packet Access, HSPA. It provides ubiquitous services for users on the GSM technology curve and also others on CDMA and WiMAX platforms and is touted to offer the path breaking 4G experience for consumers.
This is due to its ability to deliver very fast data speeds in excess of 100Mb/s uplink and 50Mb/s downlink. Group Chief Operating Officer of Globacom, Mr. Mohamed Jameel who unveiled the technology to newsmen in Lagos, at the Mike Adenuga Towers, headquarters of Globacom on Victoria Island, Lagos, said though people could already browse the
Internet or send e-mails using HSPA-enabled systems or send and receive video, music using G-phones, the
experience with LTE will be even better.
He added that the technology would further enhance more demanding applications like interactive TV, mobile video blogging, advanced games or professional services, enabling more Nigerians to be on top of their game and thereby ruling their world ”, he added.
While the 4G LTE service was said to have been launched, it didn’t come to limelight. Not until 2016 when the service was relaunched officially and the service became active in Nigeria.
Globacom offers the cheapest 4G Data plans in the country. This didn’t come as a surprise as the telecom offers the most affordable data plans on it’s 2G/3G network mode. The only downside however, is the fact that GLO 4G LTE band is 28. And most smartphones in the market do not support that band.
However, we’d hope to see some adjustments in the future. Perhaps, more smartphones supporting the band 28 or the telecom supporting other 4G LTE Bands.