We saw this coming, and now it’s official – Etisalat Nigeria has started rolling out 4G LTE services to some parts of Nigeria.

Speaking at the launch, CEO Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher said, “The 4G LTE technology offers our customers increased access to high speed data and quality voice services real time. With the new technology, our customers will enjoy efficient broadband internet and uninterrupted connectivity to clearer voice calls, increased access to online streaming and ultra-high definition videos.”

If you’re an Etisalat user in Lagos, chances are you’ve already spotted 4G coverage in some areas. I know for a fact that Etisalat 4G is live in Yaba and Ikeja.

Unlike other networks, Etisalat users don’t have to swap their sims seeing as Etisalat sims are already 4G-enabled. In Matthew’s words, “For us at Etisalat, our passion is to be at the forefront of promoting a vibrant economy for Nigeria by leading the digital revolution.” So yes, Etisalat gets an A for being proactive.

Etisalat joining 4G gang means only one mobile telco – Airtel – is left in the dust. We haven’t really heard anything from Airtel’s end regarding 4G yet, but that’s not to say they’re not planning something.

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