Just incase you thought MTN was going to run away with the LTE market following its near nationwide (read as: all major cities) deployment of its 4G LTE network, think again. At the very least, Etisalat would be joining the party soon.
Etisalat, one of the “big four” (as I like to call them) GSM networks is currently testing its own 4G network in Lagos in preparation for deployment “soon.” If you’re wondering how that is possible, seeing as Etisalat doesn’t own one of the traditional 4G spectrums, one of our readers might have the answer in this comment on an earlier post. “The new talk is that NCC is “re-farming” the (1800Mhz) spectrum to allow Airtel, Glo and Etisalat also roll out 4G LTE.”
If you’re in Lagos, and you’ve got the right device, a quick manual search will pull up the network as seen in the screenshot below. You most likely won’t be able to access it yet, but at least it’s comforting to know that it is at least there.
Whatever the case is, fast internet is coming really soon from the big players, that can only mean one thing, fast (and eventually cheap) internet for everyone.
At this point, it’s safe to say that my prediction of 2016 being the year of fast internet was bang on the money.