How to upgrade MTN Sim Card to 4G LTE

Read on to learn how to upgrade your MTN sim card to the 4G network as the MTN Network Operator in Nigeria discreetly enters the 4G LTE space. Your MTN sim card may easily be upgraded to 4G.

How to upgrade MTN Sim Card to 4G LTE

The 2G and 3G networks are still used by a sizeable portion of the Nigerian population and the African tech sector. However, the region’s operating network providers, particularly MTN, have recently embraced the 4G network.


The necessary instructions for upgrading your MTN sim card to 4G have been compiled by Clacified. Cheers to reading!

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The 4G LTE Network of MTN

Based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA technologies, the MTN 4G LTE Network is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile devices and data terminals.

The MTN 4G network uses a new radio interface and improved core network to increase the capacity and speed of internet browsing.

The fastest wireless internet connection technology in Africa right now is 4G LTE.

The 4G network differs from other networks such the 1G, 2G, and 3G in that it is faster. Larger files that could take hours to download over 2G or 3G can now be downloaded over 4G LTE in a matter of minutes.

How to determine if your phone is 4G compatible

Checking to see if your phone is compatible with the 4G network is the first step in upgrading your MTN sim to 4G. The MTN sim card cannot be upgraded to 4G if your phone does not support the 4G broadband network.

Below are the steps on how to check if your phone supports the 4G LTE network:

Click on 'Settings' from the menu.
Click on the Network and Internet tab.

How to upgrade your MTN sim

  • 1. Click on ‘Settings’ from the menu

2. then click on the Network and Internet tab

3. Then click on Mobile Network

4. Tap on the preferred network

Additionally, you can find out if a phone is 4G-enabled by looking for its model specification on Google before heading to the store to buy it. Check to verify if one of the supported networks is 4G.

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How to determine if your SIM card supports 4G/LTE

The next step is to check if your sim card is 4G-enabled after confirming that your mobile device is 4G-enabled. The Network Provider determines how to determine whether your SIM Card is compatible with the 4G network.

The numerous techniques to research various internet service providers are listed below.

MTN Sim card: Send ‘4G’ to 131 via SMS to confirm.
Glo Sim Card: Text 4G to 400 and wait for feedback
Airtel Sim Card: Dial *121# and select 4G services for Airtel subscribers.
9mobile SIM card: 9mobile subscribers need not check if their sim card is 4G-enabled. It is 4G enabled by default, provided that your Phone supports it and that you are in an area covered by 9mobile 4G network.


Even with the above processes; You may not access 4G network if you are not in an Area with 4G coverage.
Steps to upgrade MTN Sim Card to 4G

Having confirmed that your phone supports the 4G LTE Network as listed previously, below are the steps to upgrade to the 4G network on MTN Network.

Back up your contacts.
Visit any MTN Service Centre nearest to you with a valid National ID.
Request for a SIM upgrade
Submit your old SIM
Fill out the form given to you.
You will be issued a new 4G enabled SIM.
Insert the new SIM in your phone, restart and enjoy.

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