Update: We have updated the headline and post to reflect a few changes. The original post remains as was posted below the new information:
Globacom has officially launched its 4G LTE network in Nigeria. At the launch which happened yesterday, Globacom said the service would be available immediately in several parts of key cities including Lagos, Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Abuja in the Federal Capital City, Jos in Plateau State, Warri in Delta State, Eket in Akwa Ibom State, Benin City in Edo State, Yola in Adamawa State and Zaria in Kaduna State. They added that roll-out to other major cities of the country will happen in quick succession in the coming days.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Kamaldeen Shonibare, Globacom’s Head of Corporate Sales, said, “We are pleased to once again play a leading role in empowering Nigerians with world class data services, helping to close the digital divide. In the last one and a half years, the people of this great country have spoken repeatedly by making Globacom the largest data network in new subscriptions. The best we can do for our people who believe in us and made us their number one data network is to give them the best technology. What we are offering is the new speed of life.”
Interestingly, like MTN, Glo is also keeping the 4G LTE bundles at the same price as the regular 3G plans. Glo subscribers with 4G-ready devices and sims can subscribe to the LTE plans by simply dialing *777#
Globacom is deploying its 4G LTE Network in Zaria this week
Last week, in a random conversation with someone from Globacom at a Tech event (won’t say which or where, just in case this turns out to be sensitive information), it came to light that Globacom, one of the big four GSM companies in Nigeria, was deploying its 4G LTE network in Zaria this week.
Actually, the Glo staff repeatedly said “launch” not “deploy,” but I took it to mean deploy since…well, it’ll be pretty weird for Glo to launch it’s 4G LTE service in Zaria first, before launching anywhere else. That said, the gist isn’t so out of place considering that Glo has always had some serious hardware in Zaria, thanks in part to the Ahmadu Bello University, which Glo has provided with internet to via an STM-1 fibre optic cable with 155Mbps bandwidth capacity for the past six or so years.
I’d also heard long ago that they conducted 4G trials there, but I couldn’t find any evidence to support, so I didn’t take it seriously, but hearing about the “launch” directly from a management level staff this time made it worth noting.
If you’re in Zaria, and using a 4G-ready device that supports manual network searches, you should do a search and let us know if you can spot the 4G network from Glo or if it’s just duck-tales.
At this point, one also starts to wonder about the smaller players in the 4G data retail market that have built businesses on buying wholesale bandwidth from, and piggy backing on larger networks. How long till they are no longer can compete? Because if you add LTE speeds to Glo’s dirt cheap plans…izzallova jackie.
On a not-so-related tip, Glo actually help a press conference to launch LTE in Nigeria…5 years ago!
Update: According to Glo’s Twitter, the 4G LTE launch, which extends beyond Zaria is happening this very moment (at the time of typing this).
— Glo (@GloWorld) October 4, 2016