Swift trials LTE network ahead of launch

28 Aug 2013

Nigerian broadband internet provider Swift Networks is testing its LTE network with 500 users ahead of a commercial launch of the 4G service in Lagos, BusinessDay reports. The volunteers will provide feedback on issues such as download and upload speeds, network latency and uptime. ‘This will be Nigeria’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network; we will not rush this launch and will take every care to ensure that we get it right the first time,’ noted Chukwuma Okoye, chief operating officer of Swift, adding: ‘Getting the most aggressive users from our current customer base to test-drive it will enable us to debug and fine-tune it to meet the exerting demands of our target customer base.’ TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Swift acquired the WiMAX business of rival internet service provider (ISP) Direct on PC (DoPC) in June 2013 and is using the expanded capacity and spectrum to offer LTE technology. Equipment supply contracts have been awarded to the likes of Huawei, IHS and Helios Towers to facilitate the migration of customers to Swift’s new networks.

Nigeria, Swift Networks