Airtel Nigeria, yesterday, officially launched its 4G LTE network in Lagos State, bringing the total number of areas of coverage to 16 states and 60 cities since February 13, when it first launched its 4G LTE network in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Speaking at the Lagos launch, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, said with the Lagos launch, Airtel now has the widest 4G network coverage in the country.
Ogunsanya said Airtel has launched its 4G network in over 60 major cities and towns in Nigeria across many states.
“Airtel’s 4G network is now in over 60 major cities and towns in Nigeria across different states, making Airtel the network with the widest and largest 4G coverage in the country,” he said.
The Airtel CEO also noted that the Airtel 4G launch in Lagos “serves as a glowing testimony of our commitment to partner and empower the good people of Lagos, a truly cosmopolitan state where dreams come true.
“We know Lagos has its own spirit – ‘a can-do spirit’ and it also has its own peculiar energy, which is very fast-paced.
“The good news is that Airtel 4G will help everyone in Lagos to do more and achieve more, regardless of status and location,” Ogunsanya said.
According to him, “With fast mobile internet, a young professional will be able to use his map to understand the traffic network, plan and connect with the right people. The tailor will be able to take measurement through video calls; the fish seller will be able to share photos and short videos of his current stock. Ditto every other person.
“Indeed, 4G comes with tonnes of benefits and the possibilities are endless: it will accelerate economic and commercial activities; it will boost personal and professional productivity; it will help in creating more entrepreneurs; it will offer the youth a big leverage to express their creativity and talent; it will improve the overall quality of life and connect more people to their dreams.”
Airtel’s Acting Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Dinesh Balsingh, said the Airtel 4G LTE launch would give customers the opportunity to do more while browsing the internet at high speed.
Early this year, Airtel began the journey of building the largest and most robust 4G – LTE, also known as Fourth Generation – Long Term Evolution network in Nigeria.
On February 13, 2018, the telco recorded a major milestone with the pioneer rollout of its 4G network in Ibadan to the delight of many Nigerians who live in the ancient city.
Since the pioneer launch, Airtel, on May 4, 2018, unveiled its 4G service in Abuja, the nation’s capital while on September 19 and 25, it announced the launch of its 4G service in major towns and cities in Anambra and Delta states.
Ogunsanya and the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on September 27, formally unveiled the Airtel 4G service in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
He said Airtel would continue to rollout the service in other cities that have not been covered by the Airtel 4G LTE network.