LTE is short for Long Term Evolution. It is regarded by some as a replacement for current 3G-based networks e.g. WCDMA/UMTS, HSDPA, and HSUPA. However, LTE is more of an upgrade or enhancement of 3G technology the same way that EDGE is an enhancement of 2G technology.
As such, it is not exactly a replacement, and while many refer to it as 4G technology, it is more accurately 3.xxG technology.
With LTE, we are looking at theoretical speeds in the range of 100mbps. Current HSDPA networks offer 7.2mbps maximum speed in theory. LTE is simply a huge leap in broadband speeds.
While there are currently no LTE-enabled phones on the market, a number of networks are firmly committed to deploying LTE. Already, network operators in Sweden and Norway are deploying the first LTE networks. The UK and Finland also have LTE networks under construction, so it looks like the stage is set for a shift.
Question: when do we expect the first LTE network in Nigeria? While this may sound like a far-fetched question, please bear in mind that there are several developed countries that do not have 3G networks that are as robust as some of those that we have on ground in the country right now.
So, who is going to bell the cat here in Nigeria? And when?