Wifi in Nigeria


wifi in nigeriaIn the beginning of 2000s, children in Nigeria could not wait until the school gets over to head to the nearest cyber cafe to surf the web.Cyber cafes with large computers ,sprung up and blossomed in major cities of Nigeria.People never bothered about the distance to these cyber cafes in order to satisfy the thirst for the new world online. These cyber cafes later became the cream of Nigeria's entrepreneurial world and it created affiliated businesses and employment opportunities and met the longing of the average Nigerian youth.But they also became the place for scammers with which Nigeria's reputation became intrinsically linked.

Today, almost a decade after the era of cyber cafes, most of them have either closed or converted to other business interests. Only a few have weathered the storm. they lost relevance due to bad management, poor internet service providers, unreliable power supply and most important of all, WiFi and mobile internet.In most developed countries cyber cafes are now a closed chapter as most people soon had satisfactory internet connections in the privacy of their homes. 

But the mobile internet and WiFi has come up quickly and killed off most cyber cafes that once dotted many Nigerian cities.According to the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, as at December 2015, Nigeria had 87 million active phone lines with access to the mobile internet on their phones. Earlier in  2001, there were only about 400,000 fixed telephone lines in the whole country.

One of the reasons for the rapid uptake of mobile internet versus going to a public internet café was also the relative cost.Browsing at a cyber café cost an average of 100 naira (then about $1) per hour for slow connections. Sometimes just to check one’s email could an hour to open. Mobile internet changed that with faster connections at rates as low as 33 naira ($0.16) daily.In the early days of basic feature mobile phones, sim cards used to cost as much as 25,000 naira (then about $250).The rise of the smartphone and its much better functionality coincided with the impact of network competition here. It really helped bring down the cost of connectivity and sim cards today cost as little as 50 naira (0.25 cents) each.

Now the phones in your hand offer much faster internet, telephony,e-commerce,emailing,cloud storage and social media at better convenience than the average cyber cafes ever offered.Although broadband penetration in Nigeria is still low at around 8%, versus a 2018 government target of 30%, and many Nigerians still complain about slow and expensive connections–Nigerians are relatively heavy users of everything from social networks to e-commerce.

4ipnet offers wireless networking solutions (access points, WLAN controllers, and hotspot gateways) across Nigeria and other parts of Africa.What makes 4ipnet unique from the other wireless networking providers is that it is an "All in One Wireless LAN Solution which includes WAN Gateway & Controller for AP, User & Network Management”.

APPLICOM provides 4ipnet products across Nigeria.We deploy wide area WiFi networks for multi-tenant buildings, hotel and educational institutions and our long range WiFi equipment are cost effective and can be deployed easily. APPLICOM always offer quality products and always work through proper channels and believes in building channel relationships.

The mobile internet and Wi-fi might have made life easier but we should thank cyber cafés for connecting young people  to the rest of the world for the first time.