formal launch of 4G LTE by MTN Nigeria 2016

Welcome Address by Amina Oyagbola, Human Resources/Corporate Services Executive, MTN Nigeria at the formal launch of 4G LTE by MTN Nigeria at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

Good evening everyone!

On behalf of the Board and Management of MTN Nigeria, I am delighted to welcome you to this auspicious event and thank you for being here to celebrate this special occasion with us – the formal launch of fourth generation mobile technology in Nigeria, for real!

Also known as 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE), it is the next frontier in the evolution of mobile network technology. So get ready to experience internet speeds like never before!

The reality is that 4G LTE will enable us to provide distinct improvements in browsing speed, quality and experience on our network. It is built specifically to handle mobile internet and data more efficiently, allowing greater speed and more reliable mobile connectivity.

Indeed, with this launch today, smartphone and tablet users in Nigeria will be able to connect to a much faster mobile broadband service, with download speeds ten times those available on the 3G networks.

MTN’s 4G LTE service will define Nigeria’s internet space and will trigger a 4G LTE revolution. The possibilities are endless.

We are particularly excited and pleased to work as a support partner with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the government of Nigeria to deepen broadband penetration in our beloved country. We appreciate the support of our regulator who has created the enabling environment to make this happen for the benefit of Nigerians.

Clearly, the deployment of the 4G network and launch of the service in Nigeria will accelerate the increase in internet penetration, a key objective of the Federal Government as well as contribute significantly to GDP growth. According to a 2010 World Bank report, “a 10-percentage point increase in broadband penetration leads to a 1.38 percentage point increase in GDP growth”. This demonstrates the huge potential socio-economic impact of today’s launch and we are honoured to be a part of this significant step forward.

Nigeria is indeed blessed to be one of the 148 countries globally, 28 in Africa and now seven in West Africa where 4G has been rolled out.

With global economic uncertainties, the introduction of 4G services will play a large part in stimulating economic growth spurred by the deployment of digital infrastructure to serve consumers, businesses and engender the emergence of a connected society.

My colleague, Muhammad Siddiqui, the Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria, will provide further insights shortly in the course of this evening’s proceedings.

Thank you again for your presence and for joining us for this groundbreaking launch.

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