Smile Communications has said that it will deliver high definition (HD) voice services to customers on its 4G LTE network in Nigeria before the end of this year, in what may be a fresh move by the new entrant company to battle for stakes in the lucrative telephony market.[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”NCC”]Official industry data puts the total Internet subscribers on the networks of the Big Four GSM networks at 63,474,364 at February this year split among MTN Nigeria, 32,809,357; Globacom, 14,908,109; Airtel Nigeria, 9,647,217 and Etisalat Nigeria, 6,109,681. [/blockquote]
According to GSMA, the industry association of the global mobile industry, “HD Voice provides customers with high-quality, crystal clear, more natural voice calls on mobile and fixed terminal networks. Using wideband technology and further acoustical enhancements on phones, users experience greater clarity and intelligently reduced background noise.”
According to Smile, which launched its 4G LTE in Lagos in March this year, its existing network is already enabled to deliver data and HD voice services to subscribers.
The new entrant player hopes to start offering Voice over LTE, which enables the delivery of high quality voice calls over the newer network technology of 4G LTE, latest by year end when devices supporting the service “are available in the market”, its Nigeria expansion plan sighted by Technology Times has revealed.
Smile will also complete ongoing programmes to ensure the rollout of its Internet service in Abuja, the nation’s capital as well as Port Harcourt, the capital of River State by mid-year.
The company had in March this year launched its 4G LTE service in Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital, with promises to challenge the bigger mobile telephone networks by delivering faster speed on its Internet service offerings.
Official industry data puts the total Internet subscribers on the networks of the Big Four GSM networks at 63,474,364 at February this year split among MTN Nigeria, 32,809,357; Globacom, 14,908,109; Airtel Nigeria, 9,647,217 and Etisalat Nigeria, 6,109,681.
On the other hand, CDMA operator accounted for 167,630 Internet users shared among Visafone, 145,263; Starcomms, 15,859 and MultiLinks, 6,508, within the same period.
In Lagos where the company recently launched service, Smile said that is collaborating with the state government through the Ministry of Science to provide free Internet service to public schools and other public institutions.
Under the plan, beneficiary schools will get a free router and Smile SIM card with 20GB of monthly data at no cost under a CSR initiative “to provide free Internet connectivity to primary healthcare facilities, public schools, public libraries and other government public services buildings that require connectivity and can benefit”, according to Smile.