Ntel Starts Services in Nigeria

Nigeria’s newest telecommunication services provider, Ntel has announced the start of providing their services from 8th April. Ntel will start Voice over LTE services from Lagos to Abuja. The company will offer 4G LTE network services to customers in Nigeria.

The Chief Executive Officer, Ntel, Kamar Abass said that all is set for the commercial launch following a link from completion of agreements with channel partners as well as a go-ahead from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator has approved all license authorization necessary for Ntel to launch its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) network using next-generation telecommunications infrastructure. Ntel has deployed about 600 base transceiver stations (BTSs) in the two cities with 2000 sites to be rolled out as the network expands.

Ntel officials said already they have laid 200 kilometers of fiber optic networks in Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt for seamless network connectivity. Ntel has deployed LTE, the latest 4G technology with multi-antenna MIMO sites.

“We are rolling out physical sites in two cities on our 900MHz and 1800MHz bands to launch Voice over LTE come April 8, 2016. We have signed agreements with trade partners. The parent company of Ntel has project over $1 billion investments over the next four years.

To ensure the smooth take-off of its mobile network, the NATCOMS has completed the construction of the Tier III datacenter as well as reactivation of SAT3 submarine international fiber optic cable.

It will be recalled that NATCOMS had last year paid $252.52 million to acquire the assets of the defunct first national operator (FNO) to begin commercial operation on its mobile network.

Despite the growth of the telecoms sector in Nigeria broadband market has grown only by 20 percent. On the other hand, the telecom sector has seen voice subscriptions rise from less than 60,000 in the year 2001 to over 147 million as of 2015. NATCOM has come to fill the gap bringing Nigerians unfettered access to full mobile broadband both on voice and data services.

Over the next four and half years, the total number of mobile broadband customers alone will be greater than all of the customers that have come into the market on mobile since its inception. In other words, we are at a point where a major transformation is in the making. You will see 168 million mobile broadband customers coming into being between now and the end of 2019, which is more than all the mobile customers (both narrow and broadband) that we have seen in the last 15 years.

“That sounds like an enormous transformation. When it comes to the supply of broadband services, we are unique because we have more spectrum, which can deliver more throughput than any network available today and potentially any network in the future. The spectrum we have has unique features which are simply unrepeatable on any other spectrum band” Abass said.

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