Why the MTN/Glo 4G-LTE Launch Might Not Be Worth You Getting Excited Over

Nigeria 4G-LTE

Over the last 24+ hours, my headline news has been about Nigerian telecommunication giants, MTN and Glo launching their 4G-LTE service. And just less than 24hours later I’m beginning to feel all the excitement was not worth it.

I went to a Glo shop earlier today to pick up an LTE enabled SIM which cost the same price as a standard 3G sim at only NGN100 (very cheap). I was still very excited.

My excitement died down when I got to learn that the Glo 4G-LTE main network band is the band 28(700MHz) which was not supported by all the 4G-LTE supporting phones I could lay my hands on. Not my Samsung Galaxy Note3 LTE, not my friend’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (G928F) and the Tecno Camon C9. The most interesting part is that MTN’s 4G-LTE band is the Band 7 (2600mHz) and is supported by all of these mentioned devices.

The draw back? The MTN data plans aren’t as cheap as that of Glo and MTN 4G-LTE is only, as of writing this, available in 3 cities, (Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt) while that of Glo is available in 9 though both service providers promise expansion to other major cities across the country.

Might interest you to know that the Apple iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7Plus as well as the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X are the only phones I could locate while writing this, that supports a wide range of LTE Bands and this encompasses the bands of both MTN Nigeria 4G-LTE as well as Glo Nigeria 4G-LTE.

Do you have a 4G-LTE supporting smartphone? Please share your supported bands and phone name and model number in the comment section.

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