ntel: a ‘new’ telecommunication company debuts next week

A ‘new’ telecommunication company, ntel, will make its debut in Nigeria this month. The CEO of the company, Mr. Kamar Abass, announced the company will roll out its 0804 mobile lines on April 8 in Lagos and Abuja.
According to Mr. Abass, “We are rolling out physical sites in three cities on our 900MHz and 1800MHz bands to launch Voice over LTE come April 8, 2016. We have signed agreements with trade partners and fulfilled all license authorizations and payments and we are up-to-date and there are no impediments to our launch.

“Over the next four and half years, the total number of mobile broadband customers alone will be greater than all of the customers that have come into the market on mobile since its inception. In other words, we are at a point where a major transformation is in the making. You will see 168 million mobile broadband customers coming into existence between now and the end of 2019, which is more than all the mobile customers in both narrow and broadband that we have seen in the last 15 years.

“That sounds like an enormous transformation. When it comes to the supply of broadband services, we are unique because we have more spectrum which can deliver more output than any network available today and potentially any network in the future. The spectrum we have has unique features which cannot be compared with any other spectrum band,” Abass said.

The company plans to invest over 200 billion naira over the next for years. To ensure smooth take off of its mobile network rollout plan, ntel has completed the construction of Tier III Data center as well as reactivation of SAT-3 submarine international fiber optic cable. Natcoms, the parent company of ntel, had last year paid $253 million to acquire the assets of the defunct first national operator (NITEL), to begin commercial operation on its mobile network.