How to Choose the Best Internet Provider in Nigeria: The Ultimate Guide
Nigeria has one of the fastest growing internet populations in Africa, but many people are still struggling to get fast access. This blog post highlights the best providers for Nigerians looking to make an informed decision about which service provider is right for them.
Nigerians living abroad will appreciate the information on how to avoid roaming charges when they return home. The list of Nigerian telecoms and their coverage maps illustrate what rural areas may be missing out on - high-speed broadband services that can bring jobs, knowledge and opportunity into these communities.
Section 1: The Best Internet Providers in Nigeria
The Nigeria internet market can be broken down into three different tiers.
Tier 1: Subscriptions
Tier 2: Non-subscribers
Tier 3: Mobile
In all cases, internet service providers are based in Nigeria and are required to be approved by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigerian Communications Satellite (GSLV).
These Tier 1 providers are very popular:
Evrythng: Based in Nigeria, EVRYTHNG recently launched its service in Lagos, Nigeria.
Gtel: Based in Nigeria, Gtel launched in 2017 and offers internet and voice service through an operator partnership with Glo Telecom, Airtel Nigeria, and MTN Nigeria.
While all these providers are relatively new to the market, they are capitalising on a strong growth curve.
How to Avoid Roaming Charges
International roaming charges are still an ongoing headache for most Africans. You’re now able to use your phone within a number of African countries at no charge, however this usually only applies to calls and SMS, not data usage.
Some networks will limit the amount of data you can use in any given period, and some have a data cap for any given period, and so can use the incoming signal to maximise the amount of data you can use before it’s disconnected.
The problem with international roaming is that mobile networks can become congested, and your data will be sent to other networks to be passed around without you knowing.
How to Choose the Best Internet Provider in Nigeria
There are many ways to find the right internet service provider, but we decided to highlight a few of the things to look out for in this post:
Size and Numbers of Service Providers in Nigeria
Oftentimes, customers will face difficulty choosing which internet provider to choose. Take, for example, the issue of data caps, which may mean that you cannot download large files such as films, music and documents at all.
We decided to show you an interactive map of internet service providers in Nigeria. It breaks down data caps across all providers, so you can get a better picture of which providers use which methods of bandwidth management and more easily navigate through the market.
It's never been a better time to be a Nigerian with the Internet at your fingertips. There are many providers on the market that provide speeds which cater for a range of individuals and different web usage. You can choose to move from a cable and DSL provider to a fiber provider, or even a fiber-to-the-home provider if you are living in a sparsely populated area.
Most Nigerian's live in densely populated areas and are therefore served by DSL providers. Internet service providers have also evolved to provide fibre connections which can deliver speeds of up to 100 Mbps (megabits per second) - or even higher if a fiber connection is installed. By building these connections, fibre ISPs can bring significant change to the way many communities work, play and learn.