The first commercial 4G LTE network in Nigeria (and indeed West Africa) was launched in Ibadan in February 2013 by Smile Communications. This was long before Lagosians got a taste of the technology, but now the bustling city that is roughly a hundred kilometres away from Lagos is going through hard times with the technology.
Reports About Ibadan, Glo, MTN 4G LTE
Mobility Arena received reports from some users in the city that 4G LTE services on both MTN and Glo have gone AWOL. It sounds unbelievable. We finally got an opportunity to try it out – albeit in a limited way – during a brief visit. Indeed, we couldn’t get our compatible smartphones to pick up a 4G signal from either MTN or Glo at Challenge, Ibadan. It was an odd thing. We sat there wondering how on earth this was happening. But there is a story to it.
We asked another subscriber on the MTN network about 4G in his area. His feedback was that it is unavailable in his area – Agbowo /Bodija, but he got a connection briefly during a trip to Jericho area. We have been unable to get more feedback about Glo’s 4G availability in the city.
One of our sources says he was told by an MTN staff that the company is having to deal with a face-off from Etisalat (we are not sure if that is linked to this legal tussle). He also says he was told that Glo’s 4G LTE frequency band clashes with Galaxy Television’s frequency. Galaxy Television was the first privately registered television station in Nigeria and broadcasts from Ibadan.
Limited 4G LTE Options
According to one of our contacts in Ibadan, if you want to experience 4G LTE service in the city, the options you are left with are Smile, Visafone-MTN (which is different – and separate – from regular MTN 4G), and Spectranet. That will be sad, if true. By comparison, subscribers in Lagos have up to eight (8) options, if not more.
Back in December 2016, when several subscribers across the country experienced MTN 4G blackout, we did a report, Have MTN Nigeria turned off their 4G LTE network? While the service was restored everywhere else, it appears that Ibadan was left out and has remained without service till now.
From the feedback we got, it does not seem that the disappearance of MTN 4G network in Ibadan affects every area of the city. We also are unable to confirm that Glo 4G is absent everywhere. You can can help us paint a more detailed picture with your feedback though. If you live or work in Ibadan or are visiting the city, do check to see if you are able to pick a 4G signal from either Glo or MTN at your location and share your experience in the comments. Please mention your location. We appreciate your feedback.