By Prince Osuagwu
High speed broadband internet and data services provider, Swift Networks, has announced that 500 volunteers will test-drive its brand new Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in preparation for its launch in Lagos.
in the first instance. SWIFT has built the LTE network on the spectrum resources of the Direct On PC which it acquired recently, enabling it to overlay the ultra-fast LTE network over its current 4G WIMAX network to offer higher access speed to its current and future customers.
Wireless spectrum is a finite resource and LTE uses it more efficiently than other technologies, creating more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network experience. It delivers at least 10 times faster download speed than 3G and 4 times that of WIMAX 4G networks.
“This will be Nigeria’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network; we will not rush this launch and will take every care to ensure that we get it right the first time. Getting the most aggressive users from our current customer base to test-drive it will enable us to debug and fine-tune it to meet the exerting demands of our target customer base”, according to Mr. Chukwuma Okoye, the Chief Operating Officer of SWIFT.
“These volunteers who have been on our network for at least three years will give us feedback on the several performance metrics we are tracking including download and upload speeds, network latency and uptime. They will also ghost call the Call Centre as part of the predetermined performance indicators that are important to our market segment. These customers have been with us through our Pre-WiMAX and current 4G networks and bring along their treasured comparative memory of our services”, he said.
According to Philip Sonibare, Assistant General Manager, Consumer Sales and Marketing at SWIFT Networks, “we continue to see the demand for true broadband internet skyrocket in Nigeria and our 4G LTE network rollout starting from Lagos responds to what customers want from their broadband internet experience — faster and more reliable services backed by 24×7 customer care,”
When activated, the new LTE network will bring key benefits to the market, including the capability of delivering internet speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G. Customers can download, upload and stream audio and video content without buffering as well as make high definition phone calls. Gamers will also game faster than ever before.
SWIFT said it will offer several new LTE modems, including WIFI capable indoor modems with telephone ports and mobile multi-user WIFI enabled versions for people on the go. All these will enable LTE internet and data speeds on PCs, Laptops, smart phones and tablets, either at home, office or in transit.
LTE technology offers lower latency, or the processing time it takes to move data through a network, such as how long it takes to start downloading a webpage or file once you’ve sent the request.