West Africa’s pioneer solar-based internet service provider, Tizeti, has launched its 4G LTE network in Nigeria, with plans to extend to other Nigerian cities and West African states in 2020.
According to the company, the launch was part of its efforts to accelerate access to affordable broadband connectivity in Africa’s underserved populations.
The launch of its 4G network provides Tizeti an opportunity to drive growth in demand for eCommerce, music, interactive games and video consumption in Nigeria, especially from popular social media apps that have integrated video calling and video stories as well as content sites such as YouTube, Netflix, and Iroko, a statement from the company read.
It added that the first phase of the launch involved the rollout of high-speed 4G services to Rivers, Ogun and Edo states.
According to Tizeti’s Chief Executive Officer, Kendall Ananyi, the “4G connectivity will empower more Nigerians in Nigeria’s South-South and South-West states, stimulate economic activities and provide unlimited access to affordable and reliable broadband services.”
He said the launch follows the building of brand-new, solar-powered, 4G-capable towers in Port Harcourt, Rivers state where Tizeti will offer its first 4G and ISP services, to be followed by new towers in Ogun and Edo states.
”Access to affordable and reliable unlimited internet connectivity has been an intractable problem for a lot of Nigerian businesses and residential customers, especially for people in Edo, Rivers and Ogun states.
“To address this and provide a sustainable and cost-effective solution, we leverage our solar-powered, always-on towers and robust internet bandwidth from MainOne to create a low CAPEX and OPEX network of owned and operated towers.
“This allows us to offer customers unlimited internet at 30 to 50% the cost of traditional mobile data plans,” Ananyi said.
He stated that the company has 1.1 million unique users and internet services that include a new Skype-like personal and business enterprise communications service — https://WifiCall.ng/ and access to video streaming sites & services.