4G LTE Service in Nigeria seems to be what’s in vogue and we are now moving out of 3G gradually for 4G service, each of the networks have different frequency bands for their 4G LTE and supported device is going to be the matter of contention.

To enjoy super blazing internet speed, it is not as simple as buying a 4G smartphone, inserting your 4G LTE SIM and start surfing with it. Guys, it is much more than that. Lots of people were disappointed when they discovered that their device doesn’t support Glo 4G band 28 (700Mhz) after cat walking into the Glo office to get USIM.

It is important to know your smartphone 4G LTE bands and frequency to avoid story that touch. I will urge you to fasten up your seat belt and stay glued to the next information that will follow because I’m about to embark you in an unknown journey; trust me, you will be safe.

Read through this article to find out everything you need to know about 4G LTE bands, networks and smartphone compatibility.

Right now, 3 major networks have the 4G LTE service in Nigeria and they are MTN, Glo and Etisalat. Other networks in Nigeria with 4G LTE services are Spectranet, ntel, Swift and Smile. We are expecting Airtel to roll out their 4G services soon. Most of the 4G smartphones in Nigeria use band 3, 4, 7, 20 or 28. Check out what band your preferred network has below:
  1. MTN 4G LTE , supports band 20 (800MHz) and Band 7 (2600MHz)
  2. Glo 4G LTE, supports band 28 (700MHz)
  3. Etisalat 4G LTE, supports band 3 (1800MHz)
  4. NTEL 4G LTE, supports band 8 (900MHz) and Band 3 (1800MHz)
  5. Spectranet and Swift, supports band 40 (2300mhz)
  6. Smile, supports band 20 (800mhz)
Those are the numbers folks and according what we heard, the lower frequencies tend to perform better in rural areas with fewer masts and they can travel through walls better with decent coverage while the higher frequencies do the opposite, but they can cope with more users in populated areas connecting at once. These are technical terms that I don’t think you need right now, whatever frequency your preferred network has, you should get some decent upload and download speed. You could download 1GB file under 4-mins, and this is a fact!

To Check Your 4G LTE Network Band Via Mtk Engineering 
  1. Download MTK Engineering Mode from Google Play here
  2. Install the app
  3. Tap MTK Settings
  4. Tap BandMode
  5. Select your SIM
  6. You will see a list of band mode, from GSM to LTE,
  7. If you cannot tick the band 28 check box, then forget about using Glo 4G LTE service.
  8. If you cannot tick the band 3 check box, then forget about using Etisalat 4G LTE service.
  9. If you are not able tick band 20 or 7 check box, your phone is not supported for MTN 4G LTE service. If you use Ntel and you can’t tick band 8 or band 3, then your smartphone has no support for Ntel network.
For those who are not using MTK smartphones, before you purchase your next 4G Android smartphone, kindly ask via comment box below or simply tell us which 4G phone you are using and we as a family will help you out on 4G networks that supports your device.

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  1. Wow! 4G LTE is fast but it also has its Advantages and disadvantages. Well, your tutorial is very helpful.

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  2. I'm getting set to buy Infinix note 3 pro, and below is it's band. Please advise. LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500). Thanks.

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    1. Unfortunately, it can't work with Glo 4G, but It will work with MTN and Etisalat 4G.

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  3. Thabks....I can finally say bye bye to glo...unless they move to other band....band28 not supported on Infinix note 3 pro....imagine...

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  4. Enter your comment...what is the band of gionee m5

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    1. Hope you are talking of Gionee Marathon M5?
      It supports MTN, etisalat and ntel, but it didn't support Glo.
      LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 40(2300)

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    2. Hello funsho pls I can't change my m5 imei any help pls thanks

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  5. i have a sprint galaxy s4 ( sph-l720 ). pleaae which network will work with it.

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    1. It is a 4G smartphone, but unfortunately, it doesn't support any 4G network in Nigeria.
      LTE: Band 25, 26, 41

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  6. Enter your comment...I have lg g3 sprint. which does it support pls?

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    1. It has the same 4G feature with Samsung Galaxy S4 (Sprint) [SPH-L720], just check my replied above.

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  7. U can also search for your phone on GSMArena

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  8. Oga sheaf.. . I'm using techno C9 does it support any sim in 9ja?

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    1. Unfortunately, it can't work with Glo 4G, but It will work with MTN. Etisalat, ntel, and Smile 4G.

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    2. Thanks.. At supported more than expected

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  9. I hav a Samsung Galaxy Note 4....Pls help

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  10. Please kindly suggest for us some devices that has all the bands that nigerian networks have. So that we could buy it. I know it is a difficult task, but kindly try your best if any. Thanks

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  11. how do i check for the 4G specification or LTE band of a phone before buying it?

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    1. Simply go to www.willmyphonework.net and enter your Phone Brand, Model, Country and GSM Network.

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  12. Pls I m using Huawei B683 router and its frequency is HSPA+/HSPA/WCDMA 2100/900 MHZ
    GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHZ. Pls which network is supported

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    1. It support all 4G LTE network in Nigeria.

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  14. please does samsung galaxy j5 2015 version supports glo?

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  15. Where are we heading to in Nigeria now on this network band issues? With all these information we are getting it simply means using glo and MTN together is not possible again, since there is no cell phone supporting the two networks.

    Glo will not support the tecno phantom 6 and 6 plus.

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    1. It definitely will support tecno's beasts

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  16. Please how about Gionee Elife S Plus?

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  17. mr. shelaf I'm just surprised my phone is 4g nd yet I can't see it listed above. this is the 4g specs. LTE band 13(700). it was powered by Verizon until now. don't know if it'll work.

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  18. What of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lte (N9005). Does it support any

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  19. What of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lte N9005, does any network support it in Nigeria

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  20. I use HTC one mini 2, will it support glo 4G ?

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  21. I want to buy HTC One S, please which network will work?

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  22. hello mr funsho i have lenovo k910l 4g wich network will work on that

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  23. Please how about infinix hot 2

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  24. What of alcatel One Touch Snap Dual SIM with dual-SIM card slots
    NETWORK
    Technology GSM / HSPA
    2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    3G bands HSDPA 900 / 2100
    Speed HSPA 42.2/11.5 Mbps (Single SIM model)
    GPRS Yes
    EDGE Yes

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  25. mr funsho am using a tecno phantom f7. wil it work with any of the 4g networks?

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  26. I use a Sony m5 will it work with the glo 4g lte

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  27. can this 4G wifi work with glo?
    4G FDD-LTE: 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz frequency bands
    3G UMTS/DC-HSPA+: 850/900/2100MHz frequency bands
    2G GSM/EDGE/GPRS: 850/900/1800/1900MHz frequency bands.

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  28. Is there no way one can reconfigure the band in Gionee m5 plus to work with GLO 4G LTE.

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  29. Can an iPhone 5s with model number A1457 with LTE bands (1,2,3,5,7,8,20) be compatible with the MTN 4G LTE

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  30. Hi,
    I want to purchase the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016 edition). Does it support LTE and on what network in Nigeria

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  31. plz how can i root Infinix note 3 pro ?

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