MTN Nigeria has launched its new broadband service ‘MTN HyNetLTE’ across the city of Lagos, following the upgrade of its WiMAX network to increase efficiency and customer experience. Local news source Vanguard reports that the new LTE service will soon be expanded to other parts of the country that are currently covered by its ‘MTN HyNet’ WiMAX network. Customers with HyNet modems are able to exchange the devices for new LTE-enabled modems for free. ‘Our objective is to continuously create new value for our customers,’ commented Alexander Ibehre, acting head of the SME Segment at MTN Nigeria’s Enterprise Business Unit, adding: ‘This is also part of our resolve to take small businesses to the next level through technology. The incredibly fast MTN HyNetLTE service is indeed positioned to help SMEs have an awesome broadband experience, do business much better and ultimately turn into huge success stories.’
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that MTN Nigeria launched its MTN HyNet pre-paid WiMAX service in select locations in Lagos in July 2009, offering download speeds of up to 2Mbps. The network was subsequently expanded to other cities, including Kaduna, Warri, Ilorin, Makurdi, Osogbo, Bauchi, Sokoto, Abuja and Port Harcourt, covering 11.8% of the population at end-2014. Although aimed mainly at the SME sector, services are also available to residential users.