nTel a telecommunication firm based in Nigeria, is preparing to launch a new 4G/LTE Advanced mobile network in three of the major and biggest Nigerian cities soon – Lagos, Abuja and Portharcourt, the company has announced. It also said that more cities would be added over time and have a projection to cover 85% of Mobile Broadband spending with its LTE service within three years and about 95% within the next five years.
The highlight of this launch is its drive to lure prospective subscribers with an offer to pre-subscribe to any line of their choice. With this launch, the company is set to use its 4G/LTE network to provide high speed internet access to the Nigeria population, a country where internet penetration rate is still very on the low side. It claims that on the launch, its service would be the fastest available in the country. It also plan providing Voice-over-LTE services, which will feature a “superfast call-connect times and crystal-clear high definition voice quality”. The company had its first on-net test data call in Lagos on Monday January 18th 2016 and a followup test on Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call on Thursday February 25th 2016. These successful test call has further boost the company’s readiness to take on the mobile/broadband industry in Nigeria. If you are familiar with the Nigerian operating environment, you will soon realize that quality assurance is one scare commodity among service providers. Other services ntel hope to provide are the conventional SMS, video services and quality access to OTT applications such as YouTube/Whatsapp.
The company, having acquired both operating licences, cellular spectrum on 900/1800/1900Mhz as well as a share of Nigeria’s SAT-3/WASC/SAFE submarine cable system, all from NiTel/MTel, plus its Carrier Aggregation and Multiple Antennae (4×4) technology, has major infrastructure to take on Africa’s most populous nation telecom needs. According to the company’s chairman, Tunde Ayeni, while speaking to Nigeria’s House of Representatives Communications Committee that ntel was committed to investing over $1 billion to support roll out of commercial services, starting in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja. He also noted that ntel would generate employment for more than 4,000 Nigerians over the next five years.
According to the company’s CEO “ntel is…committed to empowering Nigerians through a technologically advanced pure-play 4G/LTE network”. He further stated that the company is “offering Pioneer Status to the first batch of subscribers on our network….those who reserve their numbers…will be the vanguard of a select corps of privilege subscribers”. That sounds mouth watering, though details of the pioneer status wasn’t outrightly given. The number reservation In pursuant to its launch with its 0804 prefix, the company is hereby calling on all to reserve their numbers pending its launch.
On roll out, nTel will provide fixed line telecoms services across voice, internet access and messaging and video services to homes and businesses in Nigerian cities and towns. At the moment, the company is partnering with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEL) from various vendors including Ericsson of Sweden and Sony Mobile of Japan. Other partners for its VoLTE service are Samsung, ZTE and Tecno.
The company says its mission is to boost prosperity and transform lives of Nigerians through “delivering abundant broadband based mobile services for the most demanding consumer and enterprise applications at prices that represent best value in today’s marketplace”.
Click Reserve Your 0804 Number Now, to place your reservation > followed by “Choose your number” > fill out the form given to you > type in the number of your choice and then check it’s availability, if the number is available a button appears allowing you to hit “Reserve”.
nTel is the new brand name for NatCom Development & Investment Ltd (NatCom), Nigeria telecommunications firm who acquired core telecom assets previously own by Nitel/MTel – the Nigeria’s national fixed and mobile operator carrier in a guided liquidation process. The acquisition process was completed in May 2015. The acquisition meant NatCom became owners of the operating licenses of Nigerian’s national carrier, International Gateway and Mobile, Cellular Spectrum on 900/1800/1900Mhz, a share of SAT-3/WASC/SAFE submarine cable system and full ownership of the Lagos Cable Landing Station, tower sites, telephone exchanges plus satellite earth stations.