Why Glo may re-launch their 2011 ghost LTE network in 2016

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Back in January 2011, Glo announced that they had launched the first LTE network in Nigeria. It didn’t take too long after the supposed launch for everyone who rejoiced at the news to realise that they had been scammed. Till date, Glo does not have a functional LTE network.

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Recent news in the industry is that Globacom recently acquired the 700 MHz spectrum from the Nigerian Communications Commission, giving it the capability to provide the LTE service they claimed to have launched five years ago.

The grapevine says that Glo’s acquisition is the catalyst behind MTN’s move on Visafone to acquire the same 700 MHz spectrum so as to give Glo a good run in the broadband turf. If possible, MTN wants to launch LTE services ahead of Glo.

MTN and Glo are the two latest networks in the country. As such, if all these feelers are true, Nigerian mobile subscribers can expect an LTE jamboree this year. Unfortunately, neither has provided reliable internet service whether via GPRS, EDGE, or HSDPA. There may not be much to desire from them whenever they do launch 4G LTE services.

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7 comments

  1. From what I understand, MTN bought Visafone for it’s 800Mhz frequency. I have a 4G LTE phone(FDD 800,1800,2100,2600) and have on occasion seen MTN’s 4G signal. I think this means they are testing.

    Ntel came out saying they would do 4G and voice last year, but they only have the basic license which is 900Mhz and 1800Mhz. Their plan is to convert one of those frequencies(probably 1800Mhz) to 4G. The thing about that is that all the GSM companies have the same license, and it looks like they have all decided to convert their 1800Mhz spectrum to 4G. I have spotted Glo 4G on my phone in Ikeja, and Etisalat 4G in Victoria Island(my phone can only see 800,1800,2100,2600, so they must be using 1800). I also saw a tweet online that Airtel has permission to use their 1800Mhz for 4G.

    It looks like all the GSM companies will be launching 4G service very soon. More than likely before Ntel launches in March.

    I have not been able to connect to any of these networks, I can only see them as options when I do a networks search.

  2. Methinks they should concentrate on making the current available networks more efficient and reliable before delving into 4G networks, it’s a shame what gets served as 3G networks in this country..

  3. We’ll wait and see how fast the LTE will be…but nobody is really expecting much as they have all failed in delivery real speed apportioned to any of the network platform/gateway.

    Who can challenge the speed of Smile (at least that’s the only truly fast network I know of).

  4. Methinks there should be a way NCC can mandate the Telcos to have a min. data speed for their network as a way of ensuring data quality is topnotch as obtained in other parts of the world.

    What all of the Telcos are offering on their 3G platform at the moment is not even satisfactory, yet all of them are ready to jump on 4G.

    Well, let’s see how it goes.

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