MTN Nigeria, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has announced the launch of an LTE-A network in the cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. The new service, which is marketed as ‘4G+’, utilises spectrum in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands to enable maximum download speeds of 200Mbps. MTN says customers can expect much higher download and upload speeds, a more consistent connection and improved indoor coverage.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) finally approved the transfer of CDMA network operator Visafone’s 800MHz spectrum licence to MTN in April, following a public inquiry into the transaction. The approval has enabled the market leader to expand and enhance its 4G LTE services across the country.