NATCOM To Roll Out 4G Service In November
NATCOM Consortium, the new owner of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and its subsidiary, the Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Limited (M-Tel) has concluded plans to roll out service in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt in this first instance in November this year.
The telecom operator that will be trading with the name ‘NTEL’ as its marketing brand, meaning Nigerian Telecommunications will be rolling out services on 4G Long Term Evolution Technology (LTE) which is known to be a more reliable technology for telecom services, especially for data in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt in this first instance and thereafter extend to other cities of the country.
The data service the company plans to launch alongside voice will be boosted with the commencement of service of SAT-3 whose ‘Beach Manhole’ relocation has been completed and will be launched as NITEL rolls out service.
It would be recalled that South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT-3), ‘Beach Manhole’ – which is the first landing port of an undersea cable, was cut in the process of reclaiming Bar Beach for the new town known as Eko Atlantic project.
The network is already being test run for full commercial roll out next month even as subscribers have already started joining the network.
Engr. Lanre Ajayi, President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), welcomed the planned roll out of service by NATCOM.
“It is also an additional network capacity for the country. Their coming on board will help in deepening broadband penetration if they will not concentrate on the perceived commercially viable cities,” Ajayi added.
Deolu Ogunbanjo, President, National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS), expressed excitement on the planned launch of service by NATCOM especially as they are launching with 4G LTE technology, adding that the entrance of NATCOM into the country’s telecommunications landscape will hot-up competition and further drive down tariff for the benefit of subscribers.
Ogunbanjo urged the company to work towards reviving its fixed network which the country is in dear need of if we are to enjoy true broadband service.