Why Glo 4G network’s 700 MHz LTE band 28 is not a bad thing

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Globacom’s 4G service in Nigeria runs on the 700 MHz LTE band 28. Subscribers are not happy but Glo’s LTE band is not a bad thing. Mister Mobility explains.

From Broadcast To Mobile Broadband

Before now, the 700 MHz spectrum was allocated to the broadcast industry. Some years ago, the IT world began to push for governments to make the 700 Mhz band available for mobile broadband instead. For example, the European Commission fixed a 2020 deadline for moving broadcasters out of the spectrum. A few countries like France and Germany have made the switch ahead of that deadline.

Outside of Europe, a number of other countries, for example Canada, have reclassified the spectrum from broadcast to mobile broadband.

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Why Are 700 MHz LTE Band 28 Smartphones Rare?

Because the 700 MHz band has only been recently been allocated to mobile broadband, it means that manufacturers are only just making smartphones that support the spectrum. Of course, this depends on the markets that the new spectrum has been deployed for use.

You may be wondering why not a lot of smartphones by Chinese brands support the spectrum. China’s authorities decided that the country’s 700MHz frequencies will not be available for reallocation before 2020. As such, there is little incentive for the vast majority of Chinese smartphone makers to equip their devices with 700 MHz LTE support. Only the brands with international operations in countries where 700 MHz networks exist have a motivation to do so.

What Are The Benefits Of Using 700 MHz LTE Band?

  1. Radio waves in lower frequencies propagate further. This means that a network using 700 MHz can cover more area and reach more subscribers with a smaller number of base stations
  2. This also means that the cost of LTE rollout on LTE band 28 is lower compared to networks running 1800 MHz or 2300 MHz
  3. It penetrates through thick concrete and metal barriers like walls, elevators, and even underground parking lots, meaning that subscribers get stronger 4G signals indoors
  4. It handles bad weather better

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700 MHz LTE Band Is The Future

Because of the above benefits, the 700 MHz band is one of the most sought after spectrum for LTE deployment. More countries and mobile operators will adopt the use of 700 MHz for 4G mobile broadband.

Getting smartphones that support the spectrum may be a bit tedious now, but Glo’s 4G network is not a handicap. The current limited availability of compatible smartphones is a temporary pain that comes from embracing new technology. We will certainly see many more smartphones with 700 MHz LTE support hitting the market. LTE band 28 is where the entire mobile world is heading.

PS: Remember the scenario in which Glo’s 4G LTE frequency band clashes with Galaxy Television’s frequency in Ibadan. It sounds like someone in one or more of the regulatory agencies did not do their job well.


  1. From my observation, it seems most if not all MTK devices do not support this Glo LTE band. You are better off with a snapdragon chip phone if you want to be using Glo LTE.
    Considering how Nigeria is yet to fully migrate to digital on the TV broadcast scene. The future is a long way from this climes.

  2. Deji,

    That is not true. TECNO and Infinix smartphones use Mediatek processors and they have devices that support Glo’s 700 MHz band. It isn’t a Snapdragon versus Mediatek issue.

  3. It is most unfortunate. The resources needed to do this are being diverted to other unnecessary things and even private pockets. This undoubtedly is one of the sure ways we can easily catch up with the developed world. But where is the will power?

  4. “This also means that the cost of LTE rollout on the 700 MHz band is lower compared to networks running 1800 MHz or 2300 MHz.”

    I believe this must have been a major attraction to the promoters of Glo.

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