I saw a tweet from @ba55ey showing a speed test on NTEL’s 4G/LTE Internet. (I Can’t confirm the accuracy of the test).
— bassey (@ba55ey) April 7, 2016
After checking the comments on several forums and blogs, I realized that a lot of people think with this result, NTEL might be the Moses of Internet in Nigeria without taking into consideration some elements that might affect it. One element is over-subscription.
How much capacity has NTEL provisioned per subscriber? For example, imagine that NTEL has 5000 customers, each of which has a 50 Mbps Internet connection, immediately these customers connect, all of the traffic for the 5000 customers is aggregated and sent in and out of the network. However, most of these service providers do not provision their capacity with the assumption that all customers will be uploading and downloading at their peak speed at the same time (5000 customers x 50Mbps = 25000 Mbps), instead, it over-subscribes the bandwidth using a specialized model.
So, Yes! Ntel wants to offer 900/1800MHz spectrum and a high-speed Internet Access of up to 230Mbps, but you can only know how good it will be when it accumulates a large number of subscribers.
For those of you that are excited with the results, bear in mind that this is a post-roll out stage and things might get cranky later. (Not that I want it to).