MTN-owned Visafone commences 4G LTE trial


Visafone Communications, a telecom service provider owned by MTN Nigeria, has commenced the trial of its Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) service in the country.

4G LTE is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals.

It is based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies, increasing the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements.

The 4G LTE service would help MTN provide superior high-speed Internet services in major cities across the country.

Details of the trials are sketchy but when the service is eventually rolled out, Nigerians will enjoy super-fast Internet connection – LTE’s peak download and upload rates are 299.6 Mbit/s and 75.4 Mbit/s respectively [1].

“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,” said Richard Iweanoge, General Manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN Nigeria.

Richard went on to say the 4G LTE roll-out was a demonstration of MTN’s commitment to accelerate the achievement of the country’s targeted broadband penetration by 2018.

The 4G LTE service would be available to only Visafone customers, who are currently provisioned on the 800 MHz band.

Back in January 2016, MTN Nigeria acquired Visafone Communications for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition gave MTN access to the lucrative radio frequency spectrum in the 800MHz band that will allow it to build a 4G/LTE network.

Source: Premium Times.

[1] This depends on the user equipment category (with 4×4 antennas using 20 MHz of spectrum).

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