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Here's (One of the Reasons) Why The 4G Technology in Nigeria Hasn't Been So Great— "Operators (Are) Using Existing Technology to Offer New Services.”

How many of you use the 4G services provided by your Telco? And how has it been so far?

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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.
Hopefully, soon.
 

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8 comments on “Here's (One of the Reasons) Why The 4G Technology in Nigeria Hasn't Been So Great— "Operators (Are) Using Existing Technology to Offer New Services.”

  1. Yudy says:

    Interesting Revelation. We will get there, hopefully. Morning Tobi.

  2. KingAbsolute says:

    4G not anyway near my state, even though its filled with business areas.
    Yet to find someone so satisfied with 4G network, except the iPhone users of course.

  3. chukwuma okereke says:

    It’s not even about the speed lord knows but the cost of data! I use roughly 10k monthly on glo… Their 4g here is top notch

  4. Emmanuel says:

    Hi Toby,
    Most times I wonder why it is still this way, but with your uncovered truth, i will worry less now.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. kenny says:

    I also had doubts when some telcos advertised 4G network and the speed sometimes doesn’t even compare to the 3G on other networks, I just read about how the 5G network is gonna be like and we are still far behind. I hope we get there soon. Thanks for the enlightenment.

  6. pwilliams says:

    hopefully soon……we’ve been hearing those two words for a very long time now, they should step up and do something

  7. Joshua says:

    Lol… Am. Not surprised
    What we call 4G hasn’t even fully crossed 3G 2mb/s and 4mb/s

  8. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, I WILL SAY THIS, THAT EVEN 3G IS NOT AT ITS BEST YET IN NIGERIA. PEOPLE WHO CAN’T GIVE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD 3G CAN’T COERCE ME INTO BELIEVING THERE’S 4G CAPACITY. I AM SAYING THIS BECAUSE, ITS NOT ENOUGH TO SAY I HAVE SATISFACTORY SPEED IN MY AREA WHEN MAJORITY OF THE AREAS ARE CRAWLING BEHIND…

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