Airtel’s 4G LTE network will cover 100 cities across Nigeria before the end of March 2019, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, has said.
Also speaking, Airtel’s Acting Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Dinesh Balsingh, said:
He, however, noted that Airtel would not relent but continue to roll out the service in other cities that are yet to be covered by its 4G LTE network.
About Airtel 4G Coverage in Nigeria
Airtel 4G coverage in Nigeria was zero at the end of 2016, the year that competitors rolled out their 4G services in Africa’s largest mobile market. But the operator has caught up and now has the widest 4G coverage in the country.
A year ago, Airtel 4G was conspicuously absent anywhere in Nigeria. Competing mobile networks like MTN, Etisalat, and Glo had all launched 4G LTE services as far back as 2016. 4G-only networks like Ntel and InterC had joined Smile on the scene as well.
It is not that the network was averse to deploying 4G LTE in Africa. It had launched its first 4G LTE service in Seychelles as far back as 2014 and had 4G ready in Kenya in 2015. 2016 was the year of 4G in Nigeria, and Airtel was not in the game, and Airtel 4G coverage in Nigeria was zero.
Yet, as we rush towards the end of 2018 at full speed, Airtel’s 4G coverage in Nigeria is the widest. The red network successfully rolled out its first 4G network this year and has spread its tentacles to cover almost 60 towns and cities in 16 states across Nigeria.
That is wider than Glo 4G and wider than MTN 4G.