Nigeria: How to activate 4G LTE data on mobile networks

Nigeria: How to activate 4G LTE data on mobile networks

Nigeria: How to activate 4G LTE data on mobile networks


LTE (Long Term Evolution), another name for 4th generation mobile network technology that delivers faster data speeds, are growing among mobile networks in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, some mobile operator have  launched the 4G service to provide improved user experience for Internet subscribers to deliver super fast broadband access, voice and SMS using the 4G LTE technology.

People seen taking selfie on a mobile phone at a smartphone launch event in Lagos
Connected Generation: Technology Times file photo shows people seen taking selfie on a mobile phone at a smartphone launch event in Lagos

The deployment of the 4G LTE by some mobile and Internet service providers (ISPs) has no doubt come as cheery news for most subscribers who have been complaining about the slow service on the existing 3G and 3.5G networks.

With 4G LTE, subscribers can stream music and video, upload and download faster and can essentially use their mobile or tablet like a fixed line Internet connection.

Now that the 4G is available for everybody to enjoy, we are aware that most subscribers are yet to get to know how to activate this service on their smartphones.

We have outlined steps below to activate 4G LTE service on your mobile network:








On the MTN network, subscribers will need to swap their SIM for a compatible 4G SIM at MTN office or outlet close to them.

How to know which smartphone is compatible with the MTN 4G network

It is not every smartphone that is 4G enabled actually, and MTN has made it simple for their subscribers to confirm if their smartphone is 4G compliant.

  • Simply text 4G to 131
  • If your SIM and device is compatible, you are likely going to get a message that says “Yello! Your SIM and Device are 4G LTE ready. Simply dial *131# to activate a data plan for superfast 4G LTE experience within LTE locations”.

Also, to know if your location is covered by the MTN 4G, you can log on to the MTN website to see the 4G map or walk-in to any of their service centres nationwide.

According to MTN, the 3G data plans works on the 4G network as well. Below are the 3G data plans available on the MTN network.

Data Plans Price Data Volume Validity USSD
Daily Plans N100 30MB 24 Hrs Text”104″ to 131
N200 100MB 24 Hrs Text”113″ to 131
Weekly Plans N500 750MB 7 Days Text”103″ to 131
Monthly Plans


N1,000 1.5GB 30 Days Text”106″ to 131
N2,000 3.5GB 30 Days Text”110″ to 131
N5,000 10GB 30 Days Text “116” to 131
N10,000 22GB 30 Days Text”117″ to 131
60 Days Plan N20,000 50GB 60 Days Text”118″ to 131
Quarterly Plans N50,000 85GB 90 Days Text”133″ to 131


Not too long ago, Glo launched its 4G LTE service in a big way by making it possible for subscribers in parts of several cities across the country including Lagos, to connect the new service. Port Harcourt, Abuja as well as Jos in Plateau State, Warri in Delta State, Eket in Akwa Ibom State, Benin City in Edo State, Yola in Adamawa State and Zaria in Kaduna State also have the opportunity to connect to Glo 4G LTE network immediately, the operator says.

Glo later announced additional coverage of some new locations that include Okada (Igbinedion University), Ekpoma (Ambrose Alli University), Bonny, Escravos, Forcados, Abraka (Delta State University), Agbor (College of Education), and Sapele (Western Delta University). The company intend to spread the 4G network across the nation soon enough.

How to get the Glo 4G LTE

Step 1: Get a LTE SIM from any Gloworld, Glozone and dealer outlet nationwide.
Step 2: Get a LTE Handset or Device from Open market or Gloworld.
Step 3: Buy your 4G-LTE data plan.

Glo 4G LTE Data Plans

Plan Name Price (N) Data Volume Validity
Small Plans 4G LTE 50 50 30MB 1 Day
4G LTE 100 100 60MB 1 Day
4G LTE 200 200 200MB 5 Days
Medium Plans 4G LTE 500 500 1.6GB 7 Days
4G LTE 1000 1,000 3.2GB 30 Days
Large Plans 4G LTE 2000* 2,000 7.5GB 30 Days
4G LTE 2500* 2,500 10GB 30 Days
4G LTE 3000** 3,000 12GB 30 Days
4G LTE 4000** 4,000 18GB 30 Days
4G LTE 5000** 5,000 24GB 30 Days
4G LTE 8000** 8,000 48GB 30 Days
4G LTE 15000** 15,000 60GB 30 Days
4G LTE 18000** 18,000 90GB 30 Days


All you require to enjoy Etisalat 4G LTE service is only a 4G enabled device. It doesn’t require a Sim change/swap like MTN and Glo. All you need to do is  to verify the band your phone is to ensure it complies with their 4G LTE 1800 band. If you’ve met these requirements, you can subscribe to the data plans


Plans Price(N) Ussd Codes SMS To 229 Validity
1.5GB 1,000 *229*2*7# AND1 30 days
3.5GB 2,000 *229*2*8# AND2 30 days
6.5GB 3,500 *229*2*9# AND3 30 days
16GB 8,000 *229*2*5# MB6 30 days
22GB 10,000 *229*4*1# SM1 30 days
Daily 10MB 50 *229*3*8# MI3 24 hours
Daily 50MB 100 *229*3*1# MI1 24 hours
200MB 200 *229*2*10# LCD 7 days
500MB 500 *229*2*12# LCD2 30 days
quaterly plan (30GB) 27,500 *229*5*1# 4M 90 days
bi-annual plan (60GB) 55,000 *229*5*2# 6M 120 days
100GB Plan 84,992 *229*4*5# SM5 30 days
annual plan (120GB) 110,000 *229*5*3# 12M 365 days
1GB (weekend plan) 500 *5995*2# friday 11:59pm – sunday 11:59p


Airtel Nigeria is yet to kick off its 4G services in Nigeria, so let’s stay alert, and hope we get  news before the year runs out.

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Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Writer at Technology Times Media e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng