Sunday, September 27

Nigeria and the rest of Africa lag behind in LTE reach

Africa’s quest for higher broadband and internet penetration is not making the sort of progress one would have expected; not when countries like South Korea, Slovakia, and Mexico are already being ranked as leaders in Long Term Evolution LTE technology.

According to a report released recently by Open Signal, some countries now have a near-perfect LTE technology, which enables them to enjoy broadband-level speeds regardless of where they go. However, the same cannot be said of other countries where LTE is still at “adolescent” stages.

The only two African countries to find their way on the Open Signal graph/ranking are South Africa and Morocco. Both were ranked along with 66 countries around the world in terms of LTE spread.

The Open Signal data did not give us information as to how high or low a country like Nigeria has been placed, but it is quite clear from the graph that countries in Africa have a lot of catching up to do in terms of LTE. While big telecom networks like Smile Nigeria Telecoms, Spectranet and Swift, claim to offer LTE services to selected states in Nigeria like Lagos and Abuja; a lot still needs to be done in terms of moving up the ladder.

Nigeria and the rest of Africa lag behind in LTE reach Technology: General

While specific data was not made available in the case of Nigeria and other African countries like Malawi that launched its LTE last April, a global map showing countries that have adopted the technology did not however, leave out Nigeria and 20 other countries in Africa that are emerging.

A breakdown of the ratings show that New Zealand is ranked as the country with the fastest LTE speed with 36Mbps, while StarHub of Singapore is the provider with the fastest network with 38Mbps. In terms of coverage, South Korea beats other countries on the table in terms of network with the best coverage with 99.6% LTE coverage, while the same South Korea is ranked highest as country with best coverage with 97%.

However, the spread continues as more countries and networks continue to schedule dates of their LTE launch.

Feature image credits: AFP

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