In recent times, it seems that the giant in the mobile internet room in Nigeria has finally woken up from a slumber imposed on it by an…

When 3G internet becomes faster than 4G

In recent times, it seems that the giant in the mobile internet room in Nigeria has finally woken up from a slumber imposed on it by an evil witch who lives in a dark forest. MTN has not only introduced more value data plans, but seems to have improved their capacity as well. MTN internet connection has become something else. Actually, MTN’s 3G internet is matching and beating 4G providers in speed.


Here is an example of the kind of speed test results that MTN Nigeria is delivering now:

mtnnigeria 3G internet speedtest

This was the kind of speed that I was getting on Smile 4G a year ago. While Smile is still fast, it has dropped a bit and now a 3G network offers better internet speeds. Many Spectranet and Swift subscribers too will testify that 18.9 Mbps is above the average that they get on those 4G LTE services.


When 3G internet leaves 4G in the dust

When 3G internet becomes faster than 4G, what do we need 4G for? When 3G internet with wider coverage delivers faster speeds than 4G networks, what then is the benefit of 4G? When 3G internet becomes faster than a 4G network and at very affordable rates too, shall the people not dump their 4G gadgets and embrace 3G?

In the last few days, my Smile SIM has been largely redundant. I get better speeds on MTN 3G internet right now, and it costs less. Our 4G networks need to do better. Much better, actually. It is time to deliver speeds that will separate them from 3G networks. The consequences of not doing so are easy to see.

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  1. why are u lying u, I will leave this forum. if u nor stop to lie u. I dey Lagos recently with mobile data monitor d maximum is 1.2mbps download why my smile router hotspot dey tell me 14mbps on download. stop dis ur theory. nor feel say na all Nigeria be mumu oooo

  2. ZED,

    You are an idiot raised in a remote cave by a baboon. You will leave this forum? No be your papa born you if you don’t leave. You need to take your 3rd-hand, nameless Chinko excuse of a smartphone and throw it into the river, and go buy yourself a proper 3G phone on which internet works well. Just go. Relocate back to the cave you crawled out of. Toodles!

  3. No quarrels… Mtn ain’t that fast which is true… My s5 don’t run more than 4mb at template and my s3 don’t even run up to 2mb either. So… Maybe you should tell me how you managed to get those readings or probably, the phone u are using and I surely will go for it.

  4. @ZED someone ran a speed test and show you the screen shot, this is also a person has a vast experience of the other 4G networks, giving you information to run your mobile tech daily activities for free, Calling him a liar when actually is saying the fact will be that painful. Please apologize. Mr Mo, I know how painfully that could be but try to slow down when your fans made a mistake.

  5. Mr Mo welcome to the club oh, I was saying earlier how surprised I was with the speed mtn is currently offering, it is beyond amazing, right now am managing my data by turning it on and off when not used. If only mtn data was as cheap as glo. Imagine downloading a 700mb torrent file with less than 23 seeders in less than 20mins? I was really blown away. Don’t mind the zed boy, he is obviously a kid, a spoilt kid.

  6. Ebunma, thanks. He didn’t make a mistake. He has a bad attitude problem that he needs to correct. Instead of calling MTN to complain that speed at his end is bad so they fix up, he comes up here to accuse me of lying? He should crawl back to his cave.

  7. Lovely RJ, if MTN ain’t that fast at your end, the right thing to do is to call them and ask why it is so. Put pressure on your mobile network to improve performance at your end. You are paying them.

  8. Zed, that’s a bit dramatic. Do you realise that MTN doesn’t run properly all across Lagos? I know someone who lives not far from a transmitter and barely gets a decent signal much less 3G. MTN used to work well in my neighbourhood but then got to the point of not functioning at all in the past 3 years. The SIMs have been binned for a while now.

    If you’ve been on this forum long enough and read through many of the posts on a similar topic, you will realise that people don’t always get the same reception or data speeds in the same city on the same network, much less across Nigeria.

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