MTN Nigeria’s subsidiary, Visafone, has commenced the test-run of its fourth generation long term evolution (4G LTE) internet technology service for smartphone users.
MTN said in a statement on Thursday that the roll-out of the 4G LTE services would help provide superior high-speed internet services in major cities to empower Nigerians with the latest mobile broadband technology.
MTN executive, Amina Oyagbola, said the company was determined to deepen broadband penetration in the country.
“Our recent license acquisition further demonstrates our faith in the future of Nigeria,” Mrs. Oyagbola said.
“We believe in supporting the positive transformation of Nigeria and we have demonstrated this belief through the level of our investment since 2001, which currently stands at approximately $16 billion.”
General Manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN Nigeria, Richard Iweanoge, said the specifics of the test-run and subsequent launch of the 4G LTE technology would be launched with the sole objective of providing Nigerians with “the best, fastest and most competitive ICT services for all stakeholders”.
He said MTN Nigeria was pleased to set the pace and breaking new boundaries with the test run, which would be available for now for only Visafone customers, currently provisioned on the 800 MHz band.
“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,” he said.
He said the 4G LTE roll-out was a demonstration of the company’s commitment to accelerate the achievement of the country’s targeted broadband penetration by 2018.