Airtel is arguably one of the best networks in Nigeria wih good network coverage in vast locations. Although the 4G which was first revealed by MTN sometime ago was the first in Nigeria and we expected Airtel to join the trend after Etisalat and Glo decided to reveal its 4G Network.
Well, today the rollout of the 4G LTE for Airtel has begun! The Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Mr Segun Ogunsanya, said on Saturday that the telecommunications company has rolled out Fourth Generation (4G) wireless mobile telecommunications technology in Nigeria.
Ogunsanya said in a statement in Lagos that the roll out of the technology was in partnership with ZTE, a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment/systems company.
He said that in December, 2012, Airtel was the first telecommunications operator in the country to complete a successful 4G trial in Lagos.
According to him, this is in line with the company’s commitment to pioneer innovation and lead a mobile internet revolution in Nigeria.
“This is a new dawn for mobile internet in Nigeria.
“Airtel and ZTE’s collaboration to roll out 4G service plan in Nigeria will dramatically improve mobile internet experience for telecommunications consumers across the country.
“Indeed, Airtel is committed to strengthening its position as a true pioneer of innovation in the Nigerian telecommunications domain.
“This is in line with our overall corporate vision of becoming the mobile Internet service provider of first choice for every Nigerian,” he said.
Regional Vice President of ZTE Corporation, Mr Zhang Ruigang, said that ZTE would cooperate with Airtel Nigeria to build the first-class 4G LTE network and provide the best long term service to Airtel Nigeria.
“4G LTE is a truly global mobile phone standard for advanced mobile broadband.
“Airtel’s 4G LTE aims to offer users faster, more reliable mobile broadband internet for devices like smart phones, tablets and laptops,” Ruigang said.
The rollout which has already commenced is expected to reach all parts of Nigeria before the end of May, 2017