Airtel Nigeria has announced the successful completion of a Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial in Lagos, saying it is ready to test in other major cities including Abuja and Port Harcourt.
LTE is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals, capable of increasing capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with enhanced core network.
Airtel said that the Lagos trial threw up exciting results, with data users able to open up simultaneous HD Videos on Youtube without buffering. Download and upload speeds increased.
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria Rajan Swaroop said Airtel is committed to strengthening its position as an innovator in Nigerian telecommunications, in line with its overall corporate vision of becoming the most popular brand in Nigeria.
“At Airtel, we pride ourselves as leaders and we are passionate about continuously creating the next innovation to empower telecoms consumers and enrich the lives of our customers across the country. In the coming weeks, we shall take this success story to other parts of the country so that Nigerians will benefit from this innovation when finally unveiled,” said Swaroop.
In February, Airtel deepened its network capacity and quality when it announced the roll-out of the largest and widest 3.75G services across the 36 States in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The company claimed that the roll-out has improved customers’ experience with high speed mobile broadband and internet access, empowering telecoms consumers to watch live TV, download music, make video calls as well as send and receive emails using enabled devices.
LTE is a truly global mobile phone standard for advanced mobile broadband. There is use of different frequency bands in different countries, which will mean that only multi-band phones will be able to use LTE in all countries where it is supported.