How many of you use the 4G services provided by your Telco? And how has it been so far?
It’s been over a year (at least for MTN and less for other telcos) since the 4G race started in Nigeria, but the experience so far hasn’t been what you’d consider great, partly because some Telcos are not using the required spectrum for 4G LTE service, but rather using what they have to deliver the service. This was revealed in a report by NigeriaCommunicationsWeek and the reason was tied to the fact that these Telcos don’t see the prospect of a return on their investment with the economic situation in the country.
In the words of Engr. Sam Adeleke, chief executive officer, Steineng Ltd:
4G LTE should give subscribers faster speed and bigger bandwidth without limit to what the subscriber can do with it, ‘but what we see in the market place today is the claim of unlimited service while pegging the subscriber on 60GB, what happens is that at the beginning the service will be fast by the time you are exhausting the 60gigabyte you were pegged at, the service will no longer be fast and you find it difficult to download some files.’
This is not broadband. If we have broadband it means unlimited capacity and volume, which is provided today in the country by very few operators. LTE broadband does not limit you. What we see in the industry is operators using existing technology to offer new service.
So, when should we expect a turn of events?
The CEO of Spectranet believes that the Telcos in Nigeria will get it better as time goes by.