news


Globacom brings LTE to Nigeria

Authorities in Niger have deactivated a third of mobile phone connections in the country in a bid to curb criminal activity

Nigerian operator Globacom, which sells services under the Glo Mobile brand, this week launched the African continent’s first LTE network.

Available in Lagos, the LTE network promises to deliver data speeds in excess of 100Mbps on the uplink and 50Mbps on the downlink, making possible such services as high definition video streaming, gaming and mobile health services as well as major improvements in capacity and reductions in latency.

Globacom has not yet revealed any details on device availability or tariffs for the 4G service. The company holds second place in the Nigerian market, with a total of 19 million subscribers, around half as many as MTN, which leads the pack with 38 million users. Bharti Airtel is the only other operator that poses any real threat, with 14.8 million subscribers at the end of 2010.

Tags: ,

2 comments

  1. kxld 12/01/2011 @ 8:48 pm

    the LTE network promises to deliver data speeds in excess of 100Mbps on the uplink and 50Mbps on the downlink—what a joking, when uplink throughput is bigger than downlink??

  2. Samuel Adeliyi 16/06/2011 @ 1:56 pm

    The throughput is the other way round: 100Mbps on the Downlink and 50Mbps on the Uplink and this is dependent on so many factors. It is not guaranteed to obtain this level throughput especially in an environment like Nigeria where profit is more important than quality and investment to optimize network KPIs.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Polls

How have open source groups influenced the development of virtualization in telecoms?

Loading ... Loading ...