Airtel Nigeria has signed a strategic partnership deal with Chinese equipment vendor ZTE for the deployment of 4G LTE services, reports local newspaper The Guardian. The mobile operator, which is majority owned by India’s Bharti Airtel, conducted a trial of LTE technology in Lagos in December 2012, and in the fourth quarter of 2015 the firm said it had received approval to use its 1800MHz spectrum for the rollout of 4G services. Commenting on the partnership with ZTE, Airtel Nigeria’s CEO and managing director Segun Ogunsanya was quoted as saying: ‘Airtel and ZTE’s collaboration to roll out 4G service pan Nigeria will dramatically improve mobile internet experience for telecoms consumers across the country. Indeed, Airtel is committed to strengthening its position as a true pioneer of innovation in the Nigerian telecoms domain, as this is in line with our overall corporate vision of becoming the mobile internet service provider of first choice for every Nigerian.’
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