What Is 4G LTE?
What exactly is 4G LTE? And should you actually care or upgrade to 4G? Understanding 4G technology and separating fact from fiction might prove daunting for the less tech-savvy among us. Continue reading, and we promise you will get all the answers you seek.
4G LTE means “Fourth-Generation Long Term Evolution,” with LTE being a type of 4G that delivers the fastest connection for a mobile internet experience is up to 10 times faster than 3G. Despite several vague claims, 4G LTE technology is the fastest commercially available mobile technology in 2018, and 5G is still several years away from coming to your mobile devices.
The terms 4G, LTE, and 4G LTE are commonly used interchangeably, and in the Nigerian context that is more or less okay. The major differentiating factor over preceding technologies simply is the speed.
Features of 4G LTE
4G LTE is based on the GSM/EDGE(2G) and UMTS/HSPA(3G) network technologies, increasing the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements. The standard was developed by the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) to replace existing 2G and 3G technologies.
4G LTE offers faster speeds for users who stream media (such as videos or music), browse the Internet, and download data. The speed of 4G means the user can do more things online faster.
To be able to use 4G LTE, you must make sure your ISP (Internet Service Provider) has 4G network in your area, you have a smartphone that supports 4G and you’re on a 4G tariff plan.
Speed is the major reason so many people are excited about 4G LTE. Mobile data has grown to become a large part of our daily lives, and the ability to experience and use the internet faster opens new possibilities for both business and our personal lives.
Theoretically, 4G LTE should achieve download speeds between 50 and 100Mbps (Megabits per second) and upload speeds between 10 and 50 Mbps. In reality however, for Nigeria 4G networks you should get download speeds of 3 – 12Mbps downloads and 1 – 5Mbps upload speed. To see how fast 4G really is compared to 3G, see below:
4G LTE Network and Coverage in Nigeria
|Network||4G LTE Bands||Frequencies||Coverage|
|MTN||7||Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Akwa ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Corss River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara.|
|9Mobile||3||1800MHz||Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Kaduna, Delta, Enugu, Abai, Awka ibom, Anambra and Edo state.|
|Glo||28||700MHz||Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Akwa ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Corss River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara.|
|Airtel||3||1800MHz||Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Ogun, Enugu, Anambra, Uyo, Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Ekiti, and Delta.|
|NTel||8 & 3||900MHz & 1800MHz||Lagos, Abuja, port Harcourt.|
|Smile||20||800MHz||Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Benin, Abuja, Edo, Kaduna, Anambra and Delta.|
|InterC||20||800MHz||Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kaduna|
|Spectranet||40||2300MHz||Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Port Harcourt|
Should You Switch to a 4G LTE network?
We’ve talked about 4G LTE technology and the various advantages over other wireless technologies, but is 4G LTE really for you? To find out, answer the following questions:
If you answered YES to 4 or more of the above, then congratulations! 4G LTE technology is for you and you can upgrade right away! If on the other hand, you answered NO to 4 or more you may need to upgrade to a network and a device that supports 4G LTE technology.
Ready to Upgrade to 4G LTE?
Now that you’re up to speed on 4G LTE networks and their coverage in Nigeria, let us take a look at the available 4G smartphones you can buy in Nigeria today.
Flagship 4G LTE Phones (N100-N400k)
|Phone Model||4G Network Support|
|Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus||MTN, 9Mobile, Glo Mobile, Airtel, NTel, InterC, Smile|
|iPhone X||MTN, 9Mobile, Glo Mobile, Airtel, NTel, InterC, Smile|
|Phantom 6 plus LTE||MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel, NTel, InterC, Smile|
|iPhone 8 Plus||MTN, Glo Mobile, 9Mobile, Airtel, NTel, InterC, Smile|
Mid-range 4G LTE phones (N60-N70k)
|Infinix Zero 5||MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel, NTel, Smile, InterC|
|Tecno Camon CX||MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel, NTel, InterC, Smile|
|Gionee A1 Lite||MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel, NTel, InterC, Smile|
|Infinix Note 4 Pro||MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel, NTel, InterC, Smile|
|Gionee A1||MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel, NTel, InterC, Smile|
Affordable 4G LTE Phones (N30-N50k)
|Phone Model||4G Network Support|
|Alcatel Pixi 4 6.0 LTE||MTN, 9Mobile, Glo Mobile, Airtel, NTel, InterC, Smile|
|Tecno Camon CM||MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel, InterC, Smile|
|Nokia 3||MTN, Glo Mobile, 9Mobile, Airtel, NTel, InterC, Smile|
|Tecno Camon CX Air||MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel, NTel, Glo Mobile, InterC, Smile|
|Nokia 2||MTN, Glo Mobile, 9Mobile, Airtel, NTel, InterC, Smile|
Cheap 4G LTE Phones (Below N30k)
|Phone Model||4G Network Support|
|Lenovo B A20||MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel, NTel, InterC, Smile|
|Motorola Moto G4||Glo, 9Mobile, Airtel, NTel|
|Tecno W3 LTE||MTN, Airtel, 9Mobile, InterC, Smile|
|Lenovo Vibe C||MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel, InterC, Smile|
Not Yet Ready for 4G LTE? How to Get The Best From 3G Networks
We would all love to upgrade our phones and devices to the latest and most expensive ones that support 4G LTE with all its associated benefits. But unfortunately, the Nigerian economy is not smiling, and your account balance may not support such spending. Or it could be that your preferred network hasn’t expanded their 4G LTE coverage to get to your area.
But despair not! Whatever the case may be, 3G is still a good technology and is available all over Nigeria on all networks. On the speed front, you can get over 1Mbps speeds using 3G at off-peak periods. Here is how to get the best from your existing 3G network:
Note that this may not be necessary if you’re using a modern smartphone, because the device already handles it automatically.
And that’s all about 4G LTE in Nigeria today! We hope you learnt a new thing or two. This article will be updated as things change, so bookmark this page and keep checking later.
What is your 4G LTE experience for your network and location so far? Do you think 4G will take over from 3G completely? Do you have any further questions? Please tell us on the comment section and we will reply shortly. Thanks!!
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