We have been talking about prospects of LTE here in Nigeria. LTE stands for Long-Term Evolution, and is a technology that delivers truly high-speed mobile internet beyond what current 3G technologies offer. A few Nigerian mobile networks have made the usual speeches about being ready to roll out. But we have heard a lot of that before. I would prefer that they launch first and then talk after that.
Anyway, I thought I would go hunting for information about operational commercial LTE networks around Africa while we wait for the Nigerian networks to walk the talk. Here is what I came up with:
1. Movicel, Angola – launched in April 2012
2. MTC Namibia – May 2012
3. Orange, Mauritius – June 2012
4. Vodacom, South Africa – October 2012
5. MTN, South Africa – November 2012
6. Cell C, South Africa – 2013
7. Telkom Mobile, South Africa – 2013
We have seven commercial LTE networks already up and running across the continent. South Africa has four of those. Impressive! Nigeria has none yet.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.