Buying a smartphone that has the 4G LTE Capability only to find out the internet service provider you are using won’t work on can be frustrating. That is why it is recommended to check the 4G LTE Bands of your network provider first. Then make sure your Smartphone, Wi-Fi or Mi-Fi device supports the bands.
4G LTE is no longer the future, it is a reality. Most, if not all of the smartphones being created this year and the one before this all come with 4G LTE capability. From high-end to mid-range and even the low-end devices are all packing this feature. Although, almost all of the high-end phones are packing all the 4G LTE bands. Which makes it easy to pop in any 4G LTE enabled sim of your choice and start surfing the internet.
Whereas, on the low-end and mid-range phones, not all the 4G LTE Bands are supported. So you will have to do your due diligence to know the few 4G LTE bands supported on your device. In case you do not know how to check it, we’ve written an article on how to check 4G LTE bands of any Smartphone which will help find the bands supported by your device.
Now that you know which 4G LTE bands that are supported by your device. It is time to find out the bands all the networks in Nigeria are running on.
List Of All 4G LTE Bands And Frequencies Of All Networks: Glo, 9mobile, Airtel, MTN, Ntel, Smile, Spectranet
All Networks In Nigeria And Their Respective 4G LTE Bands
- MTN 4G LTE Bands: supports band 7 (2600MHz) & 20 (800MHz)
- Glo 4G LTE Band: supports band 28 (700MHz)
- 9Mobile 4G LTE Band: supports band 3 (1800MHz)
- Airtel 4G LTE Band: supports band 3 (1800MHz)
- NTel 4G LTE Bands: supports band 3 (1800MHz) and 8 (900MHz)
- SMILE 4G LTE Band: supports band 20 (800MHz)
- SPECTRANET 4G Band: supports band 40 (2300MHz)
- SWIFT 4G Band: supports band 40 (2300MHz)
Now that you know the 4G LTE bands all the internet service providers we have in Nigeria are running. You can go ahead and cross check with that device you intend to buy. Just to be sure the phone supports the band of the network you intend to use on it.
We’ve also written about Cheap 4G Data Plans you can use in Nigeria, on the off chance you buy or already have a 4G enabled Phone and Sim.
Keeping track of these 4G LTE bands can be pretty tiring. Especially if you are using one of those low-end or mid-range Smartphones that don’t support a lot of 4G LTE bands. In my opinion, the best option will be to simply get a Mi-Fi or Wi-Fi device that supports all Sims and also the 4G Bands of those Network in Nigeria.
This will help you in the long term. So when next you want to get a new phone due to theft or wear and tear of your old phone. You can simply do so without worrying if the smartphone actually supports certain bands or not because your Mi-Fi or Wi-Fi does.