Following the acquisition of Visafone with its 800MHz frequency spectrum early in the year and the 10-year 2.6GHz frequency spectrum in July this year, MTN Nigeria has started rolling out the 4G-LTE state-of-the-art services thus setting the pace and breaking new boundaries as the first of the leading telecommunication companies in Nigeria; which has added Nigeria to the global list of countries having 4G-LTE penetration, 28th in Africa.
4G-LTE is the 4th Generation mobile communication network in the Long-Term Evolution series i.e. a technical process for high-speed data for phones and other mobile devices, taking mobile communication to a whole new level. The 4G-LTE network which evolved from the UTMS 3G/HSPA+, brings a total paradigm shift from the circuit switch network architecture to an all Internet Protocol packet switch architecture thus bringing a total end to the Telco/ISP “dichotomy” and data to the forefront over the traditional telecommunication services.
The 4G-LTE network which evolved from the UTMS 3G/HSPA+, brings a total paradigm shift from the circuit switch network architecture to an all Internet Protocol packet switch architecture thus bringing a total end to the Telco/ISP “dichotomy” and data to the forefront over the traditional telecommunication services.
While the technical details surrounding this evolution might not be of interest to everyone, you should at least be aware of the service expectations 4G-LTE network offers. In January 2011, a leading telecommunication company made a flamboyant announcement of migration to 4G-LTE but till date, has not offered the expected services of a 4G-LTE network.
Richard Iweanoge who is the General Manager of Consumer Marketing, MTN Nigeria assured customers of “enhanced customer experience” while also assuring customers of greater coverage, access, affordability and ultimately a smart lifestyle. There is a need for an insight into what to be expected from this network and a few of them will be highlighted.
From research, customers on 4G-LTE network are expected to enjoy the richness of a very high speed which is normally expected of an evolved network but what is promised of 4G-LTE is not speed that is just better than the previous network, rather an amazingly faster speed with download speed that is up to four to five times faster than the 3G networks.
Thanks to the many technical improvements in the Transmitting and Receiving antennas and its encoding Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO), Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) in the down-link and Single Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access (SC FDMA)in the up-link which provides high levels of spectral efficiency and end user data rates.
The speed and the 100% end-to-end internet connection are some of the underlying attributes for 4G-LTE fantastic services which offers a quicker and richer way to utilize and experience the internet as well as opening new possibilities for an easy lifestyle in both the customer’s business and personal lives.