Whenever you’re using wireless data on your smartphone or other smart devices – whether you’re downloading, streaming, surfing the web or checking email – and you see “LTE” light up at the top of your screen, you’re using 4G LTE.
And what does “4G LTE” stand for?
4G LTE is short for “fourth generation long-term evolution.” So it’s actually two terms combined. First, “4G” represents the fourth generation of mobile technology, the next big advancement after 3G. And “long-term evolution,” or “LTE,” is industry jargon used to describe the particular type of 4G that delivers the fastest mobile internet experience.
So with what mobile network providers like MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9mobile and Internet Service Providers like Spectranet, Smile Communications, Swift Network, VDT Communications, etc., have promised you should be getting the best of quality service when it comes to using wireless data – 4G and LTE.
But is that what is obtainable? This report by Enextgen Wireless Limited will special focus on Lagos Island will give us idea of what is on ground!
Researchers at the company carried out 4G LTE Evaluation on Lagos Island on November 12, 2021.
“This is our first report on the quality of 4G LTE networks on Lagos Island since September 2018”, the company told TechEconomy.ng.
The present report was divided into seven sections, namely: Latency; Packet loss; Uplink Throughput; Downlink Throughput; Events; NIWBQR report, and Comments
NIWBQR stands for National Independent Wireless Broadband Quality Reporting.
It uses proprietary metrics to rank the quality of 4G LTE networks in Nigeria.
Let’s start with the Packet Latency comprising MTN, Glo, Airtel & 9Mobile
MTN Packet Latency
Glo Packet Latency
- Areas with a concentration of packet losses are highlighted
- The UE was in UMTS a substantial part of the time.
Airtel Packet Latency
- Areas with a concentration of packet losses are encircled
- The UE was never in UMTS
Bins with packet loss: MTN, Glo, Airtel & 9mobile
For MTN, the researchers recorded no bins with packet loss
Glo – 11 bins with packet loss
“We use Emetrics legends for the bins. All the bins have acceptable RF quality. As such, RF quality is not likely to have caused the packet losses”, the researchers said.
Airtel – 14 bins with packet loss
“We use Emetrics legends for the bins. RF quality is not likely the cause of packet losses”.
9mobile – 46 bins with packet loss
The legends used for color-coding the bins are those of the Emetrics for the bins. None of the bins has Red color.
This is an indication that RF quality is unlikely the cause of the packet losses.
Uplink Throughput – MTN, Glo, Airtel & 9mobile
MTN Uplink Throughput
Mostly acceptable uplink throughput.
Glo Uplink Throughput
Some areas of very low uplink throughput (red bins) but acceptable uplink throughput in others.
Airtel Uplink Throughput
Acceptable uplink throughput with some exceptions (red bins)
9mobile Uplink Throughput
Mostly low uplink throughput
Downlink Throughput – MTN, Glo, Airtel & 9mobile
MTN Downlink Throughput
High downlink throughput with some exceptions (red bins)
Glo Downlink Throughput
This shows mixed uplink throughput
Airtel Downlink Throughput
High downlink throughput with exceptions (red bins)
9mobile Downlink Throughput
9mbile has mostly low downlink throughput
MTN – 5 RRC Call Drops
Glo – 1 RRC Call Drop (CD)
Airtel – 7 RRC Call Drops (CDs)
9mobile – 16 RRC Call Drops (CDs)
Commenting, Engineer Aderemi Adeyeye, president and CEO, Enextgen Wireless Inc., described NIWBQR as the de facto independent 4G LTE benchmarking standard in Nigeria.
“Key output of NIWBQR reports are available to the public at https://metrics.enextwireless.com/ within two hours of data collection. NIWBQR gives the Nigerian public visibility into the quality of mobile broadband networks (4G LTE) provided by the major MNOs in Nigeria.
“We share NIWBQR reports with all concerned MNOs to provide them opportunities to improve the quality of their 4G LTE networks.
“We use our proprietary logging tool (enextlog) for collecting UE logs and our proprietary platform (Premetrics) for post-processing the UE logs in other to create NIWBQR reports and perform analysis for other purposes.
“Weight for overall ranking: 50% to Emetrics (RF Quality), 20% each to downlink throughput and packet latency and 10% to uplink throughput”, he said.
LAGOS ISLAND – National Independent Wireless Broadband Quality Reporting (NIWBQR) from Emetrics. 12th November
Lagos Island Emetrics (RF Quality) 12th November
56-byte Packet Latency Ranking
Packet Latency Distribution (ms)
Downlink Throughput Ranking
Downlink Throughput Distribution(Mbps)
Uplink Throughput Ranking
Uplink Throughput Distribution(Mbps)
For more details, Click the HERE for the RF quality of the LTE service provided by the four major network