Bitflux Communications, the Nigerian consortium which secured a national 2.3GHz spectrum licence in February 2014, has launched commercial wholesale LTE services in partnership with Alepo. ‘At Bitflux, our vision is to enhance customer experience though continuous innovation, and the launch of the wholesale LTE network is a step towards realising this vision,’ commented Bitflux’s director Biodun Omoniyi, adding: ‘With Alepo as our technology partner, we are able to offer a range of wireless services that are in tune with the demands of our customers, and that will enable us to remain a market leader in this domain.’ With Alepo’s core LTE solution and built-in affiliate management, Bitflux is able to operate as a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE), supporting multiple MVNO operations on a single hosted platform.
A consortium of VDT Communications, BitCom Systems and Superflux International, Bitflux emerged as the winner of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC’s) ‘Wholesale Wireless Access Service Licence’ auction in February 2014 with a bid of USD23.251 million, beating Globacom’s offer of USD23.050 million. The 30MHz block of 2.3GHz spectrum will be used to provide wholesale wireless broadband access services to ISPs and other retail telecoms service providers, which in turn will offer retail internet services to consumers. In October 2015 Bitflux revealed that its 4G LTE network was ready in ‘a controlled area in Lagos’, with services said to be live in some parts of the city.