Airtel Nigeria introduced 4G network service to the nation’s capital Abuja during the week.
Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, and Commissioner of Technical Standard at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), U.E Maska, were among those present at the event.
Speaking at the occasion, Olusegun Ogunsanya, chief executive officer (CEO) of Airtel Nigeria, said company has replaced old equipment with new ones in the bid to provide consumers with with a better experience.
“We are operating and mordenising our network. We are removing old equipment and installing new ones,” Ogunsaya said.
“Everything that you are now using to receive phone calls is completely new. I am officially honoured to commission the launch of 4G in the federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja.
“This will stimulate the economy through unfettered access to information. Already, we are already getting a good feedback. We appreciate the ministry of works and the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to lay fibre in the ground.”
On his part, Shittu said no country would be able to develop without a “robust network penetration”.
The minister said so many countries have surpassed Nigeria in development indices because of the use of information and communications technology (ICT).
“We must commend Airtel Nigeria. You will recall that Airtel was the first GSM network in Nigeria. The fact that they have successfully launched (4G) in two cities now means that the coast is clear to cover other cities in Nigeria,” he said.