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MTN Nigeria increases data service capacity

July 1, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms

MTN Nigeria is to introduce better data services

MTN Nigeria is partnering with Huawei to introduce a new solution that will allow its subscribers to get data services from multiple mobile devices.

The introduction of the new solution is in response to the need to address the prevalent issue of multiple mobile data subscription for multiple devices, which many Internet users in Nigeria are grappling with at the moment.

The introduction of this new solution reinforces MTN’s commitment to push the boundaries of data services in Nigeria’s highly competitive telecoms market.

MiFi

The MTN MiFi is a mobile broadband modem and a WiFi hotspot in one, a unique combination which goes one better than the usual situation where devices require a separate data subscriptions to access the Internet.

When activated, according to MTN, the MTN MiFi hotspot provides a secured WiFi zone for up to five mobile broadband devices. Furthermore, the MTN MiFi device allows subscribers to enjoy Internet connectivity at a radius of 10 metres on different broadband devices.

This invariably means that a WiFi only iPad for instance is suddenly so much more useful on the go. The 3G iPad, with its service charges, seems like overkill and random WiFi charges at airports and hotels are now a thing of the past.

MTN said the solution can cut these expenses and subscribers stand to save a good deal of money over time. Olabisi Oshinaike, manager for value added services at MTN says the effort was in a strategic partnership with Huawei, stressing that the device will boost customers convenience and experience in the data space.

Nigerian users can connect to the USB hub on their laptops, get sufficient credits and connect by inputting an access code. ”For devices without the hub, all you need to is to perform the connection process on the device, do the same on paired devices and you are connected.”

“The beauty of this is that, it is portable, can be used on the go and able to fill a lot of gaps amongst others for Nigerian Internet users,” says Oshinaike.

By: Bimbo Omitooki

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