Smile Communications Nigeria has expanded its 4G LTE network to Abuja and Port Harcourt, following the launch of services in Lagos in February and Ibadan last year. WorldStage cites Smile Group’s COO Tom Allen as saying that customers will experience average downstream speeds of 6Mbps, although top speeds of over 20Mbps can be achieved. Data bundles start at NGN1,500 (USD9.1) for an allowance of 500MB (valid for 30 days), with prices rising to NGN9,000 for 10GB (also valid for 30 days), NGN17,000 for 20GB and NGN135,000 for 200GB (both valid for one year). ‘Our vision of becoming the broadband internet provider of choice in Nigeria has guided us in everything from selecting our people and partners to developing relevant products and services. We are confident and excited, and we are ready to share the promise of digital citizenship with Abuja residents and millions of Nigerians.’ Smile now plans to focus on bringing its 4G network to other cities, including Benin, as well as introducing voice-over-LTE (VoLTE).
Pan-African 4G operator Smile Group was founded in 2007 and launched East Africa’s first 4G LTE network in Tanzania in March 2012. It is also operational in Uganda, where it introduced LTE for consumers in Kampala in June 2013, while it has plans to launch in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).