National Independent Wireless Broadband Quality Report, NIWBQR, carried out a research to test the quality of experience as well as the technical quality when it comes to 4G networks in Lagos. They compared the services of Glo, MTN, nTel, and Smile in the same area in Victoria Island using proprietary methods to rank service providers.
The results saw GLO taking the top spot because they stood out in uplink and downlink application layer throughput. [Throughput is the amount of data moved successfully from one place to another in a given time period and typically measured in bits per second (bps), as in megabits per second (Mbps) or gigabits per second (Gbps)]. In their words, Glo had excellent RF coverage and quality, plus there was no evidence of any common Radio Frequency (RF) performance issues – RRC Call Drops, RRC Connection Failures, Handoff failures, excessive call setup delays and so on.
While Smile which came in at number 2 had lower uplink and downlink application layer throughput than most due to an undeclared throughput. Smile was ranked higher than MTN and nTel because it has a higher service accessibility rate than MTN and better coverage than Ntel.
Meanwhile, MTN did not have contiguous LTE service along the driven route. As such, some of the application layer throughput recorded for MTN was in 3G.