Solar-based ISP rolls out 4G LTE in Nigeria

West African solar-based ISP Tizeti has launched its 4G LTE network in Rivers, Ogun and Edo States in Nigeria, and has confirmed plans to roll the service out to leading cities in the country and in West Africa in 2020.

Tizeti's chief executive officer, Kendall Ananyi said the company's 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.

This launch follows the build 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.

Ananyi added: "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 customer's unlimited internet at 30 to 50% the cost of traditional mobile data plans".

In a statement the company explained that the 4G network provides it with the opportunity to drive the 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.

The price for a Tizeti unlimited plan is 9,500 Nigerian Naira per month.

According to information supplied, the company has 1.1 million unique users.