List of 4G LTE networks in Nigeria

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4G LTE networks in Nigeria are still very much a novelty, but the number of networks keep increasing. This page is regularly updated to keep the information on available LTE networks up to date. This page lists the 4G networks in Nigeria and their LTE frequency bands and more:

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List of 4G LTE networks in Nigeria

NetworkLTE BandMax SpeedMisc. Info
9mobile 4G (formerly Etisalat)3(1800)25-100Mbps
  • SIM cards, modems and routers
  • Coverage: Lagos. Abuja
Airtel 4G3(1800)35 – 40Mbps
  • SIM cards, modems and routers
  • Coverage: Ibadan.
Glo 4G28(700)
  • SIM cards, modems and routers
  • Coverage: Benin, Jos, Warri, Eket, Yola. Zaria.
InterC 4G20(800)
  • SIM cards, modems and routers
  • Coverage: Abuja. Kaduna. Port Harcourt
MTN7(2600)
  • SIM cards, modems and routers
  • Coverage: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt.
Ntel 4G8(900) / 3(1800)230Mbps
  • VoLTE
  • SIM cards, modems and routers
  • Coverage: Lagos, Abuja.
Smile 4G20(800)21Mbps
  • VoLTE
  • SIM cards, modems and routers
  • Coverage: Lagos. Ibadan. Abuja. Port Harcourt. Benin City. Kaduna. Asaba. Onitsha.
Spectranet 4G40(2300)21 Mbps
  • VoLTE
  • Modems and routers only
  • Coverage: Lagos. Abuja. Port Harcourt. Ibadan.
Swift 4G40(2300)21 Mbps
  • Modems and routers only
  • Coverage: Lagos. Abuja.
MTN HyNet LTE42(3500)10 Mbps
  • Modems and routers only
  • Coverage: Lagos. Ibadan.
CyberSpace 4G42(3500)Mbps
  • Modems and routers only
  • Coverage: Lagos.

A few 4G LTE facts

While LTE offers theoretical maximum speeds of up to 150 Mbps, the global average that users experience is less than 10 Mbps. The ten largest US cities all get less than 10Mbps in average download speeds. One report puts the average download speeds of the following US LTE networks as follows: T-Mobile: 11.2 Mbps, AT&T: 8.9 Mbps and Verizon: 7.6 Mbps. So, if your LTE network delivers an average of 5 to 7 Mbps, you are doing good actually.

With those speeds, streaming media and downloading all but the heaviest files is a breeze.

Real Life 4G LTE Speeds

I haven’t used any other LTE network besides Smile 4G, and I regularly get 7 Mbps to 18 Mbps speeds depending on time and location. On a few occasions, though, I have gotten speeds around 5 Mbps, and there have been periods of service failure, but generally, the experience has been good.


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Run Your 4G LTE Speed Tests

If you are using any of the above 4G LTE networks, you can run a speed test and post your results in the comments section below. Actually, the more tests you run, the better. Have fun, and thanks for contributing.

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18 comments

  1. This is terrible. All the networks listed here are using different frequency bands for LTE. I like how it is for 3/3.5G now, buy a phone with the 2100 band and you are set to go. Hope they standardize on a band.

    1. Samunosuke,

      Yes; the LTE band thing is a bedlam. But then, many mobile devices support at least 800 and 2100 bands, so you can keep an eye on networks that run on those. For now, that means only Smile. Glo is still sleeping after their false 4G launch. A few of those mobile devices that support both 800 and 2100 also support 1900 too.

      Cheers.

    1. I agree with you – me like engineer of tele-radio-communication, i can say next:
      1. Nothing here is Nigeria is working properly. No coverage 2G,3G even dont want to say about 4G.
      2. In my place by LTE in any place in the country i REACH – 100 mbps/s easy job.
      3. In my place i get 2G/3G coverage even if I’m inside ground and stable speed by 19-21 Mbps/s
      4. Very bad installations of Base station,very bad installation
      5. No one operator give you even voice properly,lets not talk about DATA or VoLTE

  2. According to Smile’s website, they are also in Kaduna, Asaba and Onitsha.
    Could you please add a column for type of LTE network. Smille is FDD, while the rest are TDD.

  3. With 21mbps is of no use buying LTE sim, lemme just stock wiff my 3.75G speed its ok to me dan having to spend much on this 4G of a thing and not getting satisfied.

  4. Individual Results
    Date + Time Client Info Mbps Mbps Ping Host
    4/29/2016 9:56 PM
    Spectranet

    17.83

    2.20

    42

    MainOne Cable
    Lagos

    4/29/2016 9:54 PM
    Spectranet

    26.09

    2.29

    28

    MainOne Cable
    Lagos

  5. Because an network has LTE capabilities and offers circuit switched voice does not mean that it has VoLTE.

    Voice over LTE is an all IP medium of transmitting voice. Only Smile , ntel and Spectranet offer VoLTE.

    The other operators just have an LTE and offer traditional circuit switch voice via the IMS network embedded in their core network.

    Your list is wrong brah, please update

    1. Hello Sele,

      Excellent point you made there. We didn’t think that LTE + CSD = VoLTE either. We made this list based on available info on the various networks at the time. I have modified the list accordingly. Thanks for the helpful contribution. Please stick around.

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