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Nigerians Wallow In Expensive, Unreliable Internet Broadband

Despite the advancement in internet cable systems, many Nigerians wallow in too expensive internet.


Many Nigerians are still without reliable and affordable broadband internet service despite the avalanche of undersea cable systems, each with landing points on the shores.

The United Nations General Assembly under the Human Rights Council has just described access to the internet a basic human right that guarantees an individual to their full right to exert their right to freedom of opinion and expression.

The too expensive rate placed on the purchase of an internet data is too expensive even for billions of individuals across the African globe as captured by Alliance.


This expensive internet rate has affected the number of persons who come online. A4AI said in their fifth annual Affordability report.

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigerian (ALTON), Adebayo Benga , has said that the government must move beyond just granting of licenses to exterminating barriers such as impediments to smooth network operations where operators are prone to illegal forced payment of levies and vandalism.

He furthered explained that broadband services are centered on availability of bandwidth full capacity at shores.


He explained that investment is centered at encouraging distribution of capacity to different sections of the country for broadband revolution to be experienced as is the case with voice service.


Many factors are responsible for this un-affordable, slow and unreliable internet service. Which includes;

Last mile infrastructure.


Lack of policy framework.

Multiple regulation and taxation.

Unreliable power supply, e.t.c.

The Managing Director of Internet Exchange Points of Nigeria ,Mohammed Rudman,  recently said that broadband is still at rooftops because of frequent fibre cuts due to sabotage and other projects such as road construction.

Nodding in agreement, A4AI said governments are not doing well in ensuring that people can afford internet connectivity more quickly.

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