Swift acquires 3.5GHz spectrum for LTE expansion


NIGERIAN internet service provider (ISP) Swift Networks has completed the acquisition of 15MHz spectrum in the 3.5GHz band from Chromecom, a subsidiary of Monarch Communications, to increase the speed and capacity of its broadband services. The company will use the new frequencies, in addition to its existing 20MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum, to ‘decongest’ its TD-LTE network across Lagos State from October.

Swift Networks also revealed that it has “ordered over 1,000 additional LTE base stations to be deployed in Lagos State during the last quarter of this year” and said it plans to expand TD-LTE services to Abuja and Port Harcourt. Swift began migrating customers from its WiMAX networks to a new TD-LTE platform in the second half of 2013, after acquiring the WiMAX business and 2.3GHz spectrum of rival ISP Direct on PC (DoPC).

“With the additional spectrum from the Chromecom acquisition, the refarming of our WiMAX spectrum for 4G LTE services and the additional base stations deployment, we will deliver an ultra-fast broadband experience comparable to the best anywhere in the world,” commented Swift’s managing director. Existing WiMAX customers will be migrated to the new 4G network from October, with all existing modems to be replaced with LTE equipment free of charge.