MTN 4G LTE is almost here for Nigerians

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You read that headline right. MTN 4G LTE is on the way in Nigeria. You are likely already aware that MTN Nigeria acquired Visafone. You are also likely already aware that Visafone subscribers are being migrated to GSM, freeing up that network’s 800 MHz band for MTN to carry out their planned deployment of 4G LTE in Nigeria. The Leadership newspaper reports that MTN is working hard to have 4G LTE deployed and operational on existing 1,500 cell sites by June 2016.


Being Nigeria’s largest mobile network, MTN deploying 4G LTE is huge. One can only wonder what is going on in the boardrooms of the other GSM networks. Nigerians can safely ignore Ntel for now as far as 4G LTE is concerned, as it does not appear that they are ready for prime time yet.

Go dust your MTN SIM cards (though you will likely be required to swap them for new ones), and go get your LTE-enabled smartphones ready. MTN 4G LTE cometh!


  1. No, Ntel isn’t ready very very at all (lol). It’s almost 1 month after commercial rollout and they still seem very confused like the APC-led government.

    I hope MTN gets it right.

  2. is it going to be launched simultaneously nationwide or gradually starting with Abj,Lag n PH?

  3. Being Nigeria’s largest mobile network, MTN deploying 4G LTE is huge

    Since you would need an LTE compliant phone, the more important question would be, how many people have LTE compliant phones? And are most phones in use currently with that feature.?

    Would I buy a new car just to make use of that specially formulated new fuel that’s supposed to give me amazing mileage but is incompatible with my current car engine?

  4. Time to go port back… Maybe today self. Enjoy those new data tariff as my data plan back up while I await the LTE rollout. Hope my Note 2 will be compatible. ???

  5. Looks like MTN will get out of the door quicker than NTel.

    But before we start applauding too soon as per NTel, let’s see their pricing first before we dust off those old SIMs.

  6. From what I’ve read there will be a limited launch in July and then towards Q3 and Q4 they are looking to expand further afield

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