By Prince Osuagwu
LAGOS — Second National Telecommunications Operator, Globacom, has launched the fourth generation mobile technology, 4G-LTE network, in Nigeria.
Long Term Evolution LTE is a revolutionary mobile technology which enhances the data transfer rates delivering faster mobile broadband experience and highest data speeds and reliability.
LTE is an advancement in technology to the 3.5G and High Speed Packet Access, HSPA. It provides ubiquitous services for users on the GSM technology curve and also others on CDMA and WiMAX platforms and is touted to offer the path breaking 4G experience for consumers.
This is due to its ability to deliver very fast data speeds in excess of 100Mb/s uplink and 50Mb/s downlink.
Group Chief Operating Officer of Globacom, Mr. Mohamed Jameel who unveiled the technology to newsmen in Lagos, at the Mike Adenuga Towers, headquarters of Globacom on Victoria Island, Lagos, said though people could already browse the Internet or send e-mails using HSPA-enabled systems or send and receive video, music using G-phones, the experience with LTE will be even better.
He added that the technology would further enhance more demanding applications like interactive TV, mobile video blogging, advanced games or professional services, enabling more Nigerians to be on top of their game and thereby ruling their world”, he added.
Meanwhile, Jameel noted that Globacom has already deployed the services on over 100 sites in Lagos alone, adding that “for our subscribers, LTE offers the key benefits of performance and capacity”.
There are over 24 networks in the world which have already adapted and launched 4G-LTE networks across the world and Globacom is expected to plug on the ubiquity of this technology to connect the demanding corporate customers and high data users from the latest 4G-LTE wireless broadband to Glo 1 and perhaps the rest of the world.
Jameel, however confessed that the company was being proactive in meeting the mobile broadband need of its growing subscriber base, bearing in mind that as the data dependence and applications grow, the need to deliver higher speeds on wireless would also continue to grow.
He disclosed that by 2012, an estimated 1.8 billion people worldwide will have access to broadband services and that nearly two-thirds of this number will be mobile broadband consumers who will be served by LTE networks.
For him, “Globacom is committed to bringing all such latest and best technologies available in the world to Nigeria”.