MTN just launched their 4G LTE network service for 4G enabled phones and MiFi devices in Nigeria. This means faster internet speeds, HD video streaming and smoother video calls for everyone on the network as long as you have a device that supports the 4G network band and if you are within the coverage areas.
What Is 4G LTE?
4G means 4th Generation
and LTE means Long Term Evolution
4G networks would give you higher download speeds and a reliable streaming and internet gaming experience.
If you have played android games on your phone, those games which constantly connects to the internet, you would have experienced those "connection lost" moments which disrupts your game play once in a while.
Although your 3G network is strong enough to play those games, but it is not reliable enough to keep the connection alive for long periods. Network reliability is synonymous to 4G LTE.
How To Activate MTN 4G LTE
To start using the 4G network on MTN, you need a supported USIM and a 4G enabled device like a high end smart phone, a universal WiFi device, or MTN branded MiFi.
To check if your SIM supports the LTE network, send 4G to 131
You will probably receive the following response:Yello! You need to upgrade your SIM card and device to enjoy MTN 4G LTE. Please visit the nearest MTN store or partner retailer to upgrade now.
For more information of MTN 4G LTE, including 4G coverage location; please visit www.mtnonline.com/4g or walk-in to any of our service centers nationwide.
If you receive the response text above, visit an MTN service center to activate your sim for 4G internet browsing.
What 4G LTE Devices Can Be Used?
To browse with the mtn 4g network, your device must support 4g. Many high end android phones already support this network, so all you need to do is go to your network settings and activate it.
If your phone isn't 4G LTE enabled, you may consider buying the MTN 4g Mifi which is a small wireless wifi device that would enable you connect all your gadgets via wifi.
The price of the mtn mifi is currently about N15,000 and it comes with free 20GB for the first month.
MTN 4G LTE Band /Network
Another thing to note is the 4g network band. Mtn 4g is channeled through Band 7 (2600MHz). Your phone must have the ability to connect to this band, else you might have problems using the LTE network. If you aren't sure if your phone's connection can reach this band, you should check your phone's specifications either online or on its package box.
MTN 4G Coverage Areas
At the moment, the MTN LTE network is only available in Lagos, Abuja, and Port-Harcourt.
MTN 4G LTE Data Plans
There are no special 4G plans, your regular mtn data plans will work on 4G.
Once you have activated your SIM for 4G LTE browsing and you have a device that both supports the 4G network and can reach the 2600 MegaHertz band, just subscribe to one of the regular mtn data plans and bundles
and you are good to go.