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Ntel promises pure 4G LTE across Nigeria



 
The Natcom Development and Investment Limited, trading as ntel has promised to launch into the Nigerian market, a pure play Fourth Generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network commencing with Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, reports ITRealms. 

4G is an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) specification that is evolving for broadband mobile capabilities and enables Internet Protocol (IP)-based voice, data and streaming multimedia at higher speeds and available at least 100 Megabit per second (Mbit/s) with high mobility and up to 1 Gigabit (GBit/s) with low mobility also known as nomadic.

Chief Executive Officer, ntel, Mr. Kamar Abass gave this assurance at a median chat with senior editors in Lagos, in their scale of portfolio roll out that the company which took over the assets of former Nigerian Telecommunications (NITEL) and its mobile arm, MTEL plans to launch a pure play 4G LTE mobile service that would offer high-speed data, high-definition voice and video.

“In its first phase ntel will launch international bandwidth services over SAT-3 and a 4G mobile network covering Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt,” he asserted.

According to him, in the first phase, ntel would deploy estimated 800 cell sites with the projected plan to increase this figure to 2,000 sites.

Abass assured that ntel would not join the league of 4G pretenders in the country, insisting that when the company decided to offer 4G, it was emphatic.

He also said that ntel would leverage its SAT-3 for international voice terminations, stressing that the SAT-3 partnerships would enable direct exchange of International Direct Dialing (IDD) traffic with 35 partners.

“Since July 2015, ntel has delivered 10 million IDD minutes to Nigeria,” he declared.
On the international bandwidth delivery, he said, with SAT-3/WASC, ntel provides connectivity from Lagos to Sesimbra, Portugal and Lagos towards Cape Town in South Africa and countries in between.

ntel, he further said provides international bandwidth cum Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity to carriers and major corporates between Nigeria and international destinations.

While on metro bandwidth, Mr. Abbas pointed out that with over 1,100 kilometres of ducts and over 4,000 kilometres of fibre route in almost all states in Nigeria, ntel is enabled to offer fibre capacity services to all across the nation.

On the Fixed services, ntel CEO said, would in the future provide fixed network services to homes and businesses where extant infrastructure could be leveraged at minimal incremental cost.

Also said explained why they are coming into market and still have high hopes for the Nigerian market is that they believe in technology based on broadband usage, which drives growth drawing its strength from 4G.

As said by him, broadband usage would spur telecommuting, facilitate forestry preservation from less paper with some new services paving the way for smart homes and grids.

People, he said, would be better connected because they would have better social relationships with improved education through electronic learning (e-learning) as well as impact on the gross domestic product (GDP) of the nation.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms)
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Pix: l-r:  Nik Ogbulie, Publisher BusinessWeek, Tokunbo Adedoja, Editor Sunday Thisday, Kamar Abass, CEO, ntel, Funke Egbemode, Managing Director, New Telegraph and Eric Osagie, Managing Director, Sun after an interactive media parley hosted by ntel for  media executives in Lagos on Wednesday and Thursday.

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