Glo launches Nigeria’s first national 4G LTE network
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
Nigeria's grandmaster of data, Globacom, known for its innovations in the nation’s telecommunications space, yesterday in Lagos launched a world-class mobile 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.
Subscribers in key locations across the country such as Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja the Federal Capital Territory, Jos, Warri, Eket, Benin City, Yola and Zaria can access the service immediately, while the network will be made available to other cities within a short period of time.
The Glo 4G LTE, which is the country's first nationwide network implementation, is offering instant efficient broadband internet to millions of Nigerians at speeds multiple times faster than the 3G network, enabling subscribers to download ultra high definition videos in seconds.
This significant landmark by Globacom offers subscribers data intensive applications and will be of high value to those who use large volumes of data including organisations in the public and private sector such as banks, oil and gas, academic and health institutions which depend on data transfer for their operations.
"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,” said Kamaldeen Shonibare, Head, Corporate Sales, Globacom.
This launch brings to the fore various unbeatable offerings in the 4G data service which allow all subscribers access to the ground-breaking products and services including free access to music, video and movie. For example, with just N500, subscribers will get a whopping 1.6GB of data, while N1000 will give them 3.2GB data. Other exciting offers include 7.5GB for N2000, 10GB for N2,500, 18GB for N4000 and 24GB for N5000. The data plans range from N50 to N18,000 to accommodate all levels of subscribers.
In addition to this, subscribers will also get a new 4G LTE router which gives access to Ultra High Speed Internet and landline, a free SIM, 60Gb of data with a validity of one month which can be gifted, and free world-class content for a one-off fee of N31,000. For those who prefer MiFi, Globacom is bundling its 4G MiFi with free SIM, 60Gb of shareable data valid for one month and free world-class content for a one-off fee of N25,000.
Shonibare enthused that the Glo 4G LTE services would make life more interesting, comfortable and enjoyable for Nigerians as the advanced technology would touch all aspects of life from education to agriculture and medical care.
“Our subscribers today already enjoy downloading music, video and movie contents and streaming contents on their phones and other devices. But the new Glo 4G LTE network offers subscribers a significantly improved experience. The video and voice quality in video calls on different applications like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber and others is a lot clearer while the picture quality is crisper, and the transmission is faster,” he said.
Shonibare explained that the super-fast 4G LTE will empower most of the over 150 million telecom subscribers in Nigeria to have access to the internet at a much faster speed, enjoy ultra high definition video without buffering and utilise other high intensive data applications with ease.
“We're the next generation network, the grandmasters of data. That is why we have taken the lead in providing 4G LTE nationwide with mobility for Nigerians. We want them to experience the power of real time mobile broadband technology at the most affordable rates," he said, describing Globacom as a network for the present and future generations.
He encouraged subscribers to join the most advanced network by buying and registering a 4G LTE Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) or swap his or her existing SIM for a 4G SIM, getting a 4G phone and dialing *777# to buy a data plan.
He urged subscribers to visit the nearest Gloworld shop to connect to the Glo 4G LTE and enjoy the boundless opportunities offered by the advanced and superior technology