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.