Mobitel Inaugurates WiMAX Broadband service in Nigeria


Last week Mobitel unveiled its WiMAX- based services, with the statement that the future of information technology is here in Nigeria and it will provide 4G enabled broadband and voice services across the country.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of Mobitel, Johnson Salako, "Mobitel's mission is to deliver the best customer experience in all aspects of telecommunication service delivery as Africa's most successful 4G network." He said his company has put in place the needed WiMAX infrastructure technology to cater for the migration of mobile telephone users from other networks to Mobitel.

Salako explained that with the support from Skye Bank Plc his company has spent $70 million to put in place this technology for the benefit of Nigerians, saying "we hope to spend $350 million in the next two years in order to make available our 4G technology across the length and breadth of Nigeria."

Mobitel acquired a 2.3GHz licence from the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) in March 2010 and with its launch of the 4G technology, the company has become the first real broadband provider in Nigeria with speeds of up to 2084kbps, which would give customers opportunities to transfer large amounts of data in seconds, listen to music and watch videos from internet websites without any hassle.

Mobitel's Chief Commercial Officer, Michele Scanlon also explained that the company has put in place leading edge devices and service packages that would push the boundary in the areas of performance to deliver an enhanced experience to its customers.

The company is partnering with global technology providers like Vocaltec, Alvarion and DragonWave to provide best-in-class telecommunications service that will make connections easier and smoother.