Leading digital mobile services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has pledged to provide the country with the largest 4G technology network coverage before the end of the year.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, made the pledge while inaugurating the 4G technology network in the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja on Friday.
Ogunsanya said the latest telecommunications technology would empower more Nigerians, to stimulate economic activities across all sectors as well as provide unfettered access to affordable and reliable mobile broadband.
He said the mobile operator had in the past seven weeks upgraded and modernised its network infrastructure in the nation’s capital to improve productivity, spread prosperity and help telecoms consumers to fulfil their potential.
The Airtel boss stated, “We are making a formal announcement because we are confident of what we are offering. Before the end of this year, we will have the largest 4G coverage in the country.
“Ours is a 4G service that is not only fast and reliable, but a 4G service that works. We are enabling mobile first and mobile only access to the Internet. If you have only one TV in your household, you don’t have to argue over remote control. Your phone equals your TV.
“Already, I have started getting some positive reviews of the Airtel 4G service in Abuja. We pioneered GSM in Nigeria. The first GSM call in Nigeria was made on our network in 2001. Now, we are launching the best 4G network in Abuja. We keep connecting people and businesses.”
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, commended Airtel for deploying 4G in the FCT and charged the company to ensure that connection to 4G coverage was simple for its subscribers.
Shittu said, “The Federal Government is happy to celebrate with Airtel on this milestone and on other efforts aimed at achieving robust and extensive network coverage in Nigeria.
“I am happy with this development, because it aligns with the Federal Government’s plan of empowering Nigerians and democratising mobile broadband by making it affordable to all.”