Back in December 2014, after the successful acquisition of NITEl/Mtel by NATCOM Consortium, I wrote a piece titled Three things the new Mtel can do right away. Here are the three things that I listed in that article:
- introduce more pocket-friendly voice and data tariffs, especially the latter
- forget about a 2G network and start off with a 3.75G network for data: 100% 3.75G network coverage
- deliver superior quality service
It looks like the new company plans to do a little better. NITEL plans to relaunch before the end of this year with the following:
- launch with not 3.75G network, but 4G LTE
We have no idea yet how pocket-friendly the tariffs will be. As for superior quality service, we shall have to wait to see about that. But, at least, they are re-launching with a 4G network, which beats 3.75G any day.
However, ITWebAfrica says that initial launch happening next month will be restricted to Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt before being extended to other cities across Nigeria. The news report also says that the company will operated under the brand “Ntel”.
We are keeping fingers crossed.