Network service provider Airtel, will be rolling out their 4G LTE network this December to 3 states which includes Lagos, Abuja and Rivers States before other states will follow. This disclosure was made known by an inside source who would rather remain anonymous.

You may recall that in November, Airtel had awarded a three-year contract to Ericsson.The program involves the upgrade and expansion of network elements on Airtel’s Nigeria operations, including switching, radio, network management, data, charging, and consumer-services platforms and systems and also  modernize and expand its packet core network. This transformation, in which Ericsson is a partner, will deploy the latest wireless technologies, that would enhance Airtel’s network capacity and robustness and help deliver best-in-class services to customers at affordable rates. This will also make Airtel’s networks ready for next generation services that include high speed data and value added services.

What is a 4G Technology?

4G technologies are designed to provide IP-based voice, data and multimedia streaming at speeds of at least 100 Mbit per second and up to as fast as 1 GBit per second.

4G LTE is one of several competing 4G standards along with Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB) and WiMax(IEEE 802.16).  The leading cellular providers have started to deploy 4G technologies, with Verizon and AT&T launching 4G LTE networks and Sprint utilizing its new 4G WiMax network. I

What is an LTE?

LTE is an abbreviation for Long Term EvolutionLTE is a 4G wireless communications standard developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) that’s designed to provide up to 10x the speeds of 3G networks for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks and wireless hotspots.

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