James Emejo in Abuja
Telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria has launched the much-anticipated Fourth Generation (4G) broadband technology, believed to be 10 times faster than the existing third generation (3G) service.
The unveiling the service over the weekend, drew an immediate commendation from Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who said the roll out of the technology will further give impetus to the National Assembly’s drive to provide legislature that will leverage technology to accelerate the growth of businesses in the country.
Represented at the launch in Abuja by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Communication, Senator Gilbert Nnaji, the senate president said: “MTN is a trail blazer and today we celebrate you. The 4G LTE network is a forbearer of the new emerging Nigerian economy based on diversification and modernisation. We are excited because today’s launch is leveraging on our avowed legislative agenda which the National Assembly would soon conclude based on leveraging technology to enable businesses cut costs and speed up their processes.”
MTN Chief Executive, Ferdi Moolman, who was represented by MTN’s Chief Operating Officer, Mohammed Siddiqui, said the deployment of MTN 4G LTE will not only enhance browsing experience across Nigeria, but will also accelerate the achievement of the country’s targeted broadband penetration by 2018.
He said: “We are excited to officially roll-out MTN 4G LTE services to our esteemed customers. By leveraging on our network, it promises to be the widest LTE coverage in Nigeria. With the acquisition of the 2.6GHZ spectrum earlier this year, our objective was clear: to build capacity to accommodate 4G LTE for the benefit of Nigerians because it is the fastest wireless internet connection available today. In fulfilling that objective, we have embarked on aggressive optimization of our sites to beef up our capacity for 4G LTE.”
With the launch of the service, MTN subscribers can now enjoy optimised wireless 4G broadband and high-speed browsing experience which is currently the fastest and most futuristic mobile internet access available in the country.
Also, Corporate Services Executive, MTN, Amina Oyagbola, said the 4G LTE service is presently available in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, adding that plans were underway to expand the 4G LTE service to other parts of the country.
She further called on subscribers to visit the nearest MTN customer service centre in the three cities to upgrade their SIMs to U-SIMs to enable them enjoy the 4G service. She added that switching to the 4G LTE service would not attract additional tariffs for subscribers.
While maintaining that MTN subscribers who preferred to remain on the 3G platform were free to do so, she nevertheless stressed that the roll-out of 4G in these cities would decongest the 3G space and make it more efficient in providing digital services.
She said: “While we encourage subscribers to step up to 4G LTE, we will not discontinue the existing 3G Broadband service. Basically, as more people migrate to 4G in the areas it is available, it will free up space for 3G users to enjoy better experience. Ultimately, both 4G and 3G will enhance Broadband experience.”