Smile Communications Nigeria plans to expand its 4G LTE network to Abuja and Port Harcourt in August, following the launch of services in Ibadan last year and Lagos in February. Local newspaper This Day cites the company’s chief corporate services officer Lee-Ann Cassie as saying that Smile will then focus on bringing the 4G network to other cities, including Benin, as well as offering voice-over-LTE. ‘We are currently concluding plans to roll out in Port Harcourt and Abuja by August this year, in order to serve more Nigerians with our robust internet service offerings. Thereafter, we will extend services to Benin City, Owerri Onitsha and other major cities of the country by year,’ she said. Pan-African 4G operator Smile Group was founded in 2007 and launched East Africa’s first 4G LTE network in Tanzania in March 2012. It is also operational in Uganda, where it introduced LTE for consumers in Kampala in June 2013, and plans to launch in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) later in 2014.
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