The cities where you can use 4G internet in Nigeria

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Visafone (powered by MTN), Ntel and Smile are the three operators that offer 4G internet in Nigeria at the moment. Spectranet and Swift are deliberately left out of this list because they do not offer true mobility. Neither Spectranet nor Swift sells SIM cards without requiring you to buy a modem or router. Visafone, Ntel and Smile SIM cards can be purchased and used in a compatible smartphone of your choice.

Coverage of 4G internet in Nigeria

If you have been wondering what cities and towns in Nigeria are covered by each of these 4G mobile networks, we have got you covered (pardon the pun). Have a look at the cities that are currently covered by these three 4G networks after the jump.

network coverage - 4G internet in Nigeria


Ntel has the smallest 4G mobile footprint in the country as at this time. The only covered cities for now are the following two:

  1. Lagos
  2. Abuja

In addition, Ntel’s coverage in Lagos is still patchy outside of the major centres, so you definitely need to check out coverage in your location before biting and signing up.


While MTN has the widest mobile coverage in the country, its subsidiary, Visafone does not. Visafone 4G is available only in a limited number of locations. The seven (7) locations are:

  1. Lagos
  2. Port Harcourt
  3. Ibadan
  4. Abuja
  5. Abeokuta
  6. Sagamu
  7. Kaduna


Smile has the largest 4G footprint yet in Nigeria, though only marginally beating the new arrival, Visafone, back. The list of covered cities and towns include the following eight (8) locations:

  1. Lagos
  2. Port Harcourt
  3. Ibadan
  4. Abuja
  5. Benin City
  6. Kaduna
  7. Onitsha
  8. Asaba

4G internet in Nigeria will get better coverage over the next 6 months and beyond. More towns and cities will be added to the present locations. But at least for now, you have an idea of what obtains with each of the available 4G mobile operators.

Don’t forget to check out our 4G Tariffs Comparison between MTN (Visafone), Ntel and Smile as well.


  1. Here I was tthinking ntel is in my area, well glo called, asking why i have stopped using Internet service since july, told them of their poor service in my area seems they will work on it. Thanks for the info mr mo.

  2. I find the exclusion and narrowing down of 4G networks to providers with SIM cards alone flawed for the following reasons:

    1. Buying a compatible 4G phone actually more expensive than a mifi or router more often than not (what if you already have 2 phones? you know buy another phone for 4G purposes?)

    2. Using a compatible 4G phone as a hotspot an extra drain on battery resources and battery life

    Some of us are yet to patronise the likes of NTEL due to the prohibitive cost and burden of another compatible phone . I once accused NTEL of helping to push some specific phone brands and model and they should let consumers have an option of picking a mifi device or router in addition.

    The best model that works for 4G coverage is the SMILE one which in addition to SIM cards, have affordable mifi devices and routers. With the chaos in 4G LTE frequency bands, a mifi device I can carry around works best for me. Or how long will we continue to face the burden of buying compatible 4G phones to enjoy the services of a 4G provider?

  3. Ola,

    Mobile phones and subscriber choice and liberty are central to Mobility. I didn’t make these things up. They are established precepts. Laptops can be carried aorund too, but they are not classed as “mobile” because they do not meet the criteria.

    When Spectranet respects that, I will change my classification. For now, Spectranet is a 4G wireless network, but certainly not a 4G mobile network.

    We are not asking them to increase network speed or anything that requires money. Just let subscribers buy SIM cards and use in any device that they want. That is the true essence of Mobility. Smile met them there and did it. It cannot be too hard to implement.

  4. Dear Ola, in addition to what Mr. Mo. said, you need not add another phone. Just sell off the old ones or one of them. I for one don’t like two devices and presently use just one.

  5. Dear Ola, in addition to Mr. Mo’s response to you, I’ll just like to add the following:

    1. You need not add another phone. Just sell off the old ones or one of them. I for one don’t like two devices and presently use just one. (Sold my last one Note 2, added 14k to get the new one). A modem feels like another phone to me!

    2. And your question that, “how long will we continue to face the burden of buying compatible 4G phones to enjoy the services of a 4G provider?” might not be that valid again as my current phone which retails for between 46 – 50k in the market is compatible (tested) with ALL the networks highlighted in the article above including Spectranet. So I’m sure once it’s easy to get a Spectranet SIM pack plan “officially”, ,Mr. Mo. will review this article.

    3. Finally, I’ll rather use my phone and not be bound to any particular network than buy all available 4G LTE networks modems! As it is, if I’m tired or there’s an issue with any of the 3 I have access to in Ibadan, I’ll just pop in the SIM card of the next service provider. Imagine the good lots of people could have used money spent on modems could do! Defunct Starcomms, Zoom, Visafone, O’Net, the different GSM modems, Smile, Spectranet, Swift etc! Aaargh! I’m grateful for LTE phones abeg. ✔?♥

  6. Kayode,

    Good point there. A modem from Swift. One from Spectranet. Another from Smile. A modem each time you switch network. Mbanu.

    Give me freedom or go away.

  7. But Mr Mo what is the average cost of the typical low budget 4G LTE phone with compatibility on all the 4G LTE frequencies in Nigeria, compared to the cost of say a mifi or router? This emphasis on 4G LTE providers must provide SIM cards seems on over drive. We need to balance the cost benefit analysis. Ntel will struggle as well even though they only give out SIM cards or impose some compatible phone on the average subscriber who probably has two phones already. We don’t have the numbers yet,it would be great to do a fact based analysis to check the impact of the different approaches to the market by these 4G LTE operators on subscriber acquisition and base. For now we can only engage in emotive analysis based on our different perceptions of which approach is right or wrong. Personally I’d prefer a mifi device than the headache of a sim card and a compatible 4G LTE phone. Do we all want our smartphones batteries draining faster as a wifi hotspot? Think about it…………………..

  8. Kayode maybe you could provide some of us a list of 4G LTE phones compatible with all the 4G LTE frequencies in Nigeria so one can be guided.

  9. Unfortunately, Spectranet will keep you locked in with a locked modem/Mifi. If they would sell you a SIM, at least you could buy a universal 4G modem for use.

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