Apr 26, 2017

Bands And Frequencies of 4G LTE Networks In Nigeria

For MTN, Glo, Etisalat, Airtel, or Ntel 4G LTE to work on a particular phone, that phone must support its band and frequency. Different networks have different bands and this makes it hard for users to get the right phone that would support all the 4G bands.

Band of Nigeria 4G LTE Telecom Networks

That a device is 4G compatible does not mean it would work with any 4G network, There are some technical terms that determine a device's compatibility with a 4G network, These terms are what you would understand now and you should then be able to pick out the 4G network(s) that your device supports.


Every network operates on a particular 4G band, although multiple networks can operate on the same band. Your device should support a particular band that matches with the band that the 4G network you intend to use operates on for it to work.

That is to say that a device that supports Band 3 and 7 would not be compatible with a 4G network that uses Band 20, and so would a 4G network that uses Band 3 not work on a Device that supports Band 7 and 20. I hope you've understood?


Frequencies are similar terms to bands because they both work together. Your device should support your 4G network's frequency for it to work.

Nevertheless, if your device supports your networks band then the rest assured that it would surely work. That is to say - If your device supports band 3 and your 4G network runs on band 3 then you shouldn't bother checking the frequency because it would still match.

phones that support glo 4g lte

Now to the main issue; It's time to know the different 4G Bands Nigeria telecoms use and verify whether your phone supports them.

4G Bands and Frequencies of Telecoms in Nigeria

NETWORK                         BAND(S)                               FREQUENCY

MTN 4G LTE                      7 and 20                       2600mhz and 800mhz

ETISALAT 4G LTE                  3                                       1800mhz

GLO 4G LTE                         28 and 3                        700mhz and 1800mhz

AIRTEL 4G LTE                      3                                        1800mhz

NTEL 4G LTE                     8 and 3                           900mhz and 1800mhz

SMILE 4G LTE                        20                                       800mhz

SPECTRANET 4G LTE            40                                     2300mhz

INTER C                                 20                                        800mhz

Those are the bands and frequencies for all the 4G networks in Nigeria, all you have to do is to check the operator your phone supports its 4G Band and then get their SIM to enjoy 4G internet.

See a list of phones that supports Glo 4G LTE and Glo cheapest 4G data plans

Note: Airtel is yet to launch their 4G LTE service, But they've informed us that they have plans of launching the service soon in collaboration with ZTE.

Edit - 09/2019: Airtel has finally launched its 4G services this year and table of 4G bands for different Nigeria networks above have been updated to include theirs.

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