ntel, Nigeria’s 5th MNO debuts
Nigeria’s 5th Mobile Network operator commenced operations on Friday, April 8, 2016. This culminates from the acquisition of the old assets of Nigeria’s defunct 1st National carrier Nitel/MTel.
According to Kamar Abass, CEO at ntel “I am delighted to announce the start of commercial activities on our newly commissioned 4H/LTE –Advanced network”
This phased and paced commercial operation comes with bumper offers for early bird pioneers and data users. The first 100,000 to redeem and activate their numbers ntel SIMs will get free on-net calls for life while data subscribers will get 3 months unlimited data usage.
The company made its first on-net test data call in Lagos on Monday, January 18, 2016 then followed up with its first on-net Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call in Lagos on Thursday February 25, 2016.
Ntel services will be available in Lagos and Abuja and then PortHarcourt in 6 weeks precisely at the end of May. The network covers 25% of Lagos and 20% of Abuja for now.
With initial 800 cell sites nationwide ntel intends to engage other 3rd party infrastructure providers such as HIS and HTN for rapid expansion to all parts of Nigeria within 1 year.
Source: Africa Telecom & IT 13 April 2016