The 11 Best of 4G Network Operators in Nigeria

The 11 Best of 4G Network Operators in Nigeria

The Mobility Arena team set out to examine all of the available 4G LTE network operators and services and to determine which is the best 4G network in Nigeria at this time.

4G has been alive and well in Nigeria for a number of years now and almost every other year, a new 4G network is added to the list. At the last count, we had 11 of them, the most recent being VDT LTE, which was launched just this year.

For starters, here is the full list of active LTE networks in the country and their coverage range.

The operational 4G networks in Nigeria

Globacom – coverage in cities and towns in every state
Airtel – coverage in cities and towns in every state
MTN – coverage in cities and town in every state
9mobile – coverage in cities and towns in most states
Smile Communications – coverage in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Abuja, Benin City, Kaduna, Onitsha and Asaba (more than 8 states)
Spectranet – coverage in Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan and Port Harcourt (more than 3 states)
Ntel – coverage in Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt (3 states)
InterC – coverage in Abuja, Kaduna, and Port Harcourt (3 states).
Swift – coverage in Lagos (one state)
VDT LTE – coverage in Lagos (one state)
CyberSpace – coverage in Lagos (one state).

Most of these networks are extremely limited in their coverage. Of the 11, only 6 have coverage in more than 3 states of the country, and of those, only the big 4 GSM operators can boast of 4G coverage in every state. The others are active in 3 states and less.

As such, in picking the best 4G network in Nigeria, one has to consider certain factors, including:

  1. Coverage
  2. Quality of service
  3. Price

These are the 3 critical factors behind subscriber choices. The ideal LTE network of choice should have very good coverage, offer good quality of service, and be affordable for a sizable number of people in its target market.

MobilityArena Choice: The best 4G network in Nigeria in 2019

Airtel 4G LTE
Airtel 4G is the best 4G network in Nigeria in 2019

The coveted spot of the best 4G network in Nigeria in 2019 goes to Airtel 4G. The networks comes tops head and shoulder above the rest of the competition.

In arriving at Airtel 4G as the best 4G network in Nigeria, we looked at all 3 factors – Coverage, Quality of Service, and Price.

Airtel’s 4G LTE coverage is the widest in Nigeria – over 60 cities and towns as at October 2018 – is often very fast, often reliable, and offers some of the most pocket-friendly tariff plans available today.

airtel 4g coverage in nigeria

Light (and budget) users can easily subscribe to a 1.5GB data plan with 30 days validity for just N1,000.

Heavy users will do well to look at subscribing to the Airtel Daily Binge plan that offers 2GB data for N500 daily. In 30 days, that comes to 60GB data volume for just N15,000. And there is no speed throttling, which is a practice among some 4G networks, especially those offering high volume bundles. That is far more cost effective than what is obtainable from most other 4G wireless providers.

In terms of actual speeds, Airtel 4G regularly clocks 14Mbps and above in download speed, even during peak periods.

With an Airtel 4G SIM card in a mifi, smartphone or 4G feature phone, there is a package for all budgets and subscribers do not have to worry about travelling out of town and being left in the dark. Where Airtel 4G coverage may be non-existent, the network’s 3G network is available to fall back on.


Interest Free Data Loan

With Interest Free Data Loan, you can borrow more data from SWIFT when you have exhausted your data before the expiry date and pay when you subscribe next, with no interest. Terms and conditions apply.

Unlimited Speed

Our SWIFT 4G LTE service is significantly faster and would make your Skype video calls, Youtube and/or live soccer streaming a pleasurable experience. And this is while surfing the internet at very high speeds.

Roll Over Data

With SWIFT 4G LTE you can roll over your unused data into the next month when you renew your subscription before the expiration date. Don’t loose what you don’t use.

Multi-User per Connection

Everybody at home or the office can now share the same broadband connection without multiple SIM cards. You can also connect even more devices including your laptops, tablets, smart phones and TVs at the same time to the internet using the same broadband connection from the SWIFT 4G LTE hub.

Money Back Guarantee

We are confident that we will deliver on every promise we make and excite you with our services. However, should you have a change of mind about our services, we will refund you your payment within the first 30 days of your initial sign on.


Competitive businesses need fast and reliable data connectivity. Voice calls must connect on the first attempt and not drop at crucial moments.

That’s why Smile offers a range of business services/solutions that are designed to make your business more competitive. Whether you’re a small home office, an SME, or a large corporate business. Smile gives you SuperFast mobile broadband access and SuperClear voice calls that you can rely on.

We deliver business communication solutions that are reliable and dependable, supported by a highly skilled team of professionals that is focused on enabling growth in your business by increasing mobile collaboration, so that you and your employees can stay in touch with one another, regardless of location.

Smile’s 4G LTE is the fastest mobile communications network in Nigeria with data speeds of up to 21Mbps. And our pricing structure will also give your business a competitive edge with access to mobile voice and data services at predictable and affordable rates.

Smile offers a full suite of connectivity and telecommunication solutions for businesses and we have expanded our network to 8 cities including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Benin City, Kaduna, Onitsha and Asaba.

Spectranet principle is to connect you to what matters most to you.

Spectranet was awarded a License from the Nigerian Communications Commission in 2009 to promote Internet services across Nigeria Spectranet was the first Internet Service Provider to launch 4G LTE internet service in Nigeria and aims to be a leader in the Internet Services space.

Our principle is to connect you to what matters most to you. We strive tirelessly to achieve this objective by giving you an Internet experience that’s better than the industry standard.

We are also committed to continue delivering on our promises to you by providing a better, faster, more reliable broadband Internet at unparalleled value for money.

Our commitment to you is evidenced by the high standards of our work processes and the high quality of services we deliver to our esteem customers.

As we deliver our unique services across the country, we continue to empower Nigerian families to connect to their world. Our esteemed customers will continue to enjoy smart connectivity, affordable high speed internet service, 24/7 access, and paying Light to download Heavy.


At Spectranet, our vision is to be Nigeria’s most respected broadband internet and broadband service company.


Our mission is to be Nigeria’s premier Internet service provider, most admired for its Customer experience, Professionalism, Reliability, Flexibility, Responsiveness, Innovative products and services and Exemplary corporate citizenship.