Ntel launched their LTE service in Lagos and Abuja on April 8, and Port Harcourt will join in the fun, in May. Interesting. They are offering their “Pioneers” (first 100,000 people to activate their ntel SIMs) free on-net calls for life. They’ve also promised up to 230Mbps internet speeds (whut?), and unlimited data for 3 months.


Lofty promises. Big talk. What I’d like to see, is how well they can keep to them when the customers come in their numbers.

But seriously. Anybody want to start a call center?

Here’s their original announcement.


Lagos: 08/04/16: ntel, Nigeria’s most advanced 4G/LTE network has announced the commencement of its phased and paced commercial operations with bumper offers for early bird Pioneers and data users. The first 100,000 to redeem and activate their ntel SIMs will get free on-net calls for life while data subscribers will get 3 months unlimited data usage on select bundles..

In a statement published on the ntel website www.ntel.com.ng, Kamar Abass, CEO at ntel said “I am delighted to be writing to you, on behalf of the staff and directors of NatCom, with the news that, today, this eighth day of April 2016, we start commercial activities on our newly commissioned 4G/LTE-Advanced network. Our very earliest customers will be able to buy and use these services in clusters, across Lagos and Abuja from sales outlets and agents featuring our bright new brand name: ntel.”

ntel, Nigeria’s 5th Mobile network operator announced that the commencement of operations is the culmination of their journey from acquiring the old NiTel/MTel assets to the delivery of successive milestones underlining their growing operating capability on their new fixed and mobile network infrastructure.

With the formal commencement, commercial services will be available on ntel’s 4G/LTE-Advanced network across key site clusters in Lagos and Abuja. Coverage in Port Harcourt will follow during May, along with expanded coverage in Lagos and Abuja, and subsequently to other states, across multiple geo-political zones, during the second half of 2016.

The company said their 4G/LTE-Advanced technology built on the 900/1800MHz spectrum will deliver an unbeatable and game-changing customer experience of high-speed Internet Access up to 230Mbps, the fastest available in Nigeria today thus enabling a world of full mobile broadband experiences that will transform both lives and livelihoods!

In conclusion, Abass, a strong advocate of 4G/LTE, said “we are passionate at ntel about the power of Broadband to boost productivity and, thereby, transform lives, We expect to see this happen as ntel helps to accelerate the ongoing migration, from existing 2G and 3G services, to genuinely high-speed Mobile Broadband on 4G/LTE-Advanced.

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