When it comes to affordable data rates in Nigeria, I think Glo and Airtel go head to head. Although one of the advantages Glo has over Airtel is its 4G LTE services —Airtel is the only Telco that has failed to deploy 4G LTE services in the country despite being the first Telco to complete a successful 4G trial in Lagos.
That is set to change as Airtel will officially roll out its 4G services in Nigeria (No date has been revealed, yet). The rollout is in partnership with ZTE, a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment/systems company. According to Mr. Seun Ogunsanya, Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria:
This is a new dawn for mobile internet in Nigeria.
“Airtel and ZTE’s collaboration to roll out 4G service plan in Nigeria will dramatically improve the mobile internet experience for telecommunications consumers across the country.
“Indeed, Airtel is committed to strengthening its position as a true pioneer of innovation in the Nigerian telecommunications domain.
“This is in line with our overall corporate vision of becoming the mobile Internet service provider of first choice for every Nigerian,” he said.
I am not sure if you would be required to change your SIM to a 4G enabled one, but there is a high chance that Airtel might follow in Globacom’s footsteps instead of Etisalat’s.