How To Know the 4G LTE Bands and Frequencies of your Network Smarphone

How To Check Smartphone 4G LTE Bands And Frequencies Via Mtk Engineering Mode

The presence of 4G LTE Services in Nigeria at the moment is not only exciting but trending. As always with new technologies there is always a ‘technical issue’. In the past few days especially since Glo launched their own 4G LTE Service technical issues have begun to arise. This is why having sufficient information any matter before running with the next hot thing is very important. In this case the challenge is that the different telecommunication companies in Nigeria providing the 4G Services would be having different frequency bands for their 4g LTE service.

The preceding statement may sound normal at first glance, however it is not that simple. This is because that simple fact means not all 4G LTE supported Smartphones would support all the networks. Or put differently the 4g LTE service provided different Nigerian Network providers would work on different 4g LTE smartphones. Ok plain talk; mtn will use it’s own type 4g lte smartphones, glo will use their own type 4g lte smartphones, airtel and etisalat will also their own type 4g lte smartphones all to provide service for the same 4G lte mobile phones. Seriously na wa for Nigeria shaaaa.

Then question then arises how do I know the 4g LTE phone to buy for my own network provider in Nigeria? This is why this article was written. This way you do not have to go and buy a smartphone for 4g lte only to latter find out it is not supported by your network providers. This has already happened to many.

In order to enjoy the super blazing internet speed which the 4G lte service promises, it is not as simple as buying a 4G smartphone, inserting your 4G LTE SIM and start browsing with it. Ladies you must know the specifications of your Networks 4G LTE service. 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.

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It is important to know your smartphone 4G LTE bands and frequency to avoid “stories that touch”. I will urge you to fasten up your seat belt and stay glued to the next information that will follow because you are about to embark on an unknown journey with you 😛 trust me, you will learn something.

Take your time and read through this article to find out everything you need to know about 4G LTE bands, Nigerian 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 a 1GB file under 4-mins, and this is a fact!

To Check Your 4G LTE Network Band Via Mtk Engineering

Download MTK Engineering Mode from Google Play here

Install the app

Tap MTK Settings

Tap BandMode

Select your SIM

You will see a list of band mode, from GSM to LTE,

If you cannot tick the band 28 check box, then forget about using Glo 4G LTE service.

If you cannot tick the band 3 check box, then forget about using Etisalat 4G LTE service.

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.

network band for 4g lte

If you are not using an MTK smartphone, before you purchase your next 4G Android smartphone, you could drop a comment below about the phone you want to purchase. I will then try to quickly get back to you on which of the Nigerian Networks it should be compatible with.

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