MTN Nigeria will roll out its Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4GLTE) broadband services latest by July 2016 in selected cities.
This will be done using the 800MHz frequency MTN acquired from Visafone Ltd earlier this year for N45bn.
MTN plans to have about 1,500 LTE collocated sites backhauled with fibre optics this year.
The chief operating officer, MTN Group, Jyoti Desai, said that they have taken a very detailed analysis of MTN Nigeria’s data usage and where they should be rolling out the LTE network in the first place.
“We looked at the handset ecosystem and revenue opportunity and have identified some of the major cities,” he said.
According to him, MTN Nigeria’s LTE rollout will not impact its CAPEX as it already has space reservation in its joint tower company. He also stated that the LTE will be rolled out in existing base station sites.