Telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria has announced the launch of its 4G – LTE (Fourth Generation – Long Term Evolution) service in Delta State, covering major cities and towns including Warri, Effurun, Asaba, Kwale, Ughelli, Sapele, Okpanam, and Agbor, amongst others. Residents and onlookers who witnessed the launch at the Airtel Showroom located at 74 Warri/Sapele Road, Effurun by Water Resources, were full of excitement as they commended the telco for deploying 4G services in Delta State.Akpodubakaye Arthur (JP), Vice Chairman, Warri South-West Local Government, said the switch to 4G will help speed-up economic and commercial activities as well as boost productivity of professionals, students and even traders across the state. “We commend Airtel for its 4G drive and for connecting Warri and major cities and towns in Delta to its 4G network. This is not just a step in the right direction but a development that will transform many lives,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, the Regional Operations Director of Airtel Nigeria, Oladapo Dosunmu, said Airtel believes that delivering a superior 4G experience is a major step in actualizing its objective of making life simple and better for Nigerians. He also outlined the process of how existing Airtel customers can connect to the Airtel 4G network. “It is a simple process – you first need to upgrade your SIM card to a 4G SIM. The upgrade process is also simple as all you require is a SIM Swap, which should not take two minutes.
“The other bit is that you need a device that is 4G enabled. Then, you will experience seamless and super-fast mobile Internet services on the Airtel network,” he said. Both new and existing customers can visit any Airtel showroom to switch to the 4G service. Prior to the 4G launch in Delta, Airtel had announced the deployment of 4G in other states including Oyo, Abuja and Anambra.
Elsewhere, for the second consecutive year, Globacom has clinched the Independent Newspaper’s Telecommunications Company of the Year 2018 award. The company won the award weekend at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. Organisers of the award said Globacom merited the award for being “the first telecommunications company in Nigeria to cover the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, with 4G LTE network services.” The organisers added that, apart from the 4G LTE coverage, “other factors which gave Globacom the prestigious award were the company’s innovative products, Oga SIM, which guarantees quality data services to the subscribers at very low rates, and Glo Yakata, which offers subscribers 2,200 per cent bonus on every recharge.”