MTN Nigeria has announced a coverage expansion of its WiMAX network, with local news source Business Day reporting that the operator has extended the network to the cities of Abuja and Port Harcourt.
As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, mobile network operator MTN Nigeria launched its WiMAX service, dubbed ‘MTN HyConnect Wireless Internet’, in select locations in Lagos in July 2009. The pre-paid service, which was renamed ‘MTN HyNet’ in early 2010, provides download speeds of up to 1Mbps. Since launch, services have been expanded to Kaduna, Warri (Delta State), Ilorin (Kwara State), Makurdi (Benue State), Oshogbo (Osun State), and Bauchi and Sokoto in January 2011. Although aimed mainly at the SME sector, services are also available to residential users.
Commenting on the latest widening of coverage, Babatunde Osho, chief enterprise solutions officer, MTN Nigeria, represented by Ladipo Nylander, General Manager, Enterprise Marketing, said: ‘We noticed that quite a number of SMEs, as well as SOHOs in the Federal Capital Territory were missing out on this unique service, which is capable of boosting their bottom-line. And at MTN Business we believe that a critical success factor for businesses in the 21st century is access to fast and reliable internet.’