by Abimbola Kuti   on Tue, August 16, 2011 
Staying Connected Now Made Easier in Nigeria

Until recent years, internet connection has been a privileged amenity that was available only to the rich and the connected due to the high cost of internet connection that was in vogue then.



In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, getting internet services in Nigeria was a very difficult task. One of the major Internet Service Provider (ISP) then, Hyperia Nigeria Ltd, only made use of the facilities of the Nigerian Telecommunication Ltd (NITEL) which mostly comprised of phone lines to provide services. Internet users with the company then who were outside of the city Lagos had to make what are known as Trunk Calls: using their NITEL Land Lines to call Hyperia, which then made them connected.


Customers ended up accruing huge phone bills while still having to pay for their internet services in Nigeria. Of course, they still had to deal with unreliable services often caused by bad weather conditions and low technical knowledge. Due to huge costs, most commercial business centers catering using Hyperia outside Lagos ended up charging their customers up to 20 naira per minute of browsing, while those in Lagos were charged up to 150 naira per hour.


This continued until the emergence of the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators. This was when operators like Multilinks, Reltel, Starcomms were given license to operate fixed wireless services. In addition, these companies also offered Internet services in Nigeria at reasonable prices to their phone users. The charges further came down when dedicated internet providers like On Net, Hyperia and others switched to the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) technology.




For a Nigerian abroad who is coming home after some time away, the following are ways you can connect to the internet:


Using a modem is the most used method getting an internet connection as of now. All the GSM and CDMA service providers in the country provide the modems. The prices of the modems also depend on the network, but below are some of the modem prices:



Service Provider

Type of Modem

Price of Modem

Types of Service


(GSM Operator)

3G Modems


They have 3 types of bundle packages:
1. Daily Plan of 10 MB- N100
2. Weekly plan of 25 MB- N400
3. Monthly Plan of 100MB- N1000

4. Monthly plan of 5GB- N8,000



(GSM Operator)

3G Modems,

USB Data modem

N9,000+5000 airtime

N7,000+5000 airtime

1. Monthly plan of 100MB- N1,000

2. Monthly Plan of 1GB-N5,000

3. Monthly plan of 3GB- N10,000

4. Monthly plan of 6GB- N15,000



3G Modems


Monthly plan of 100MB- N1,000

Monthly Plan of 500MB- N3,000

Monthly Plan of 3GB-N10,000



(GSM Provider)

3G Modem


1. Monthly plan of 150MB- N1,000

2. Monthly Plan of 6GB- N7,500

3. Monthly plan of 1.5GB- N5,000

4. Daily data Plan of 150MB- N500



Multilinks (CDMA Service Provider)

3G Modem,

Data Modems

CDMA Phones Connection

From N9,000 to N14,00 depending on the make.


From N3500

1. 30-Day Plan of 50 Hours-N3,400

2. 60-Day Plan of 100 Hours- N5,600

3. 90-Day Plan of 250 Hours- N9,900

4. Monthly plan of 6GB- N6,000

Daily Plan That Terminates by 12:00 A.M- N250

Same as Above



Starcomms (CDMA Service Provider)

3G Modem (EVDO)

USB Data Card (Stacomms One)



1. Monthly 100-Hour plan-N6,500

2. 90-Day 250-Hour plan-  N15,000

1. Monthly 100-Hour plan-N5,00

2. 90-Day 250-Hour plan-  N10,000



Visafone (CDMA Operator)

3G Modem (EVDO)

USB Data Card (CDMA 1X)


1. 5GB Plan- N10,000

2. 1GB Internet Plan- N13,500

3. All-Time unlimited Plan- N16,000

4. Day surfer plan (8am-9pm)-N7,000

5. Night Surfer plan (9pm-8am)- 5,000

1. 7-day 1GB Plan -N2,400

2. 4-Day 500MB Plan -1,400

3. 1-Day 100MB Plan- N350


Additionally, you can use universal modems for all the GSM networks. The advantage of this is that they often come in 3G or 3.5G modules, which makes the connection faster. They are also relatively cheaper compared to the ones that are made by the networks.


Almost all the modems come as a Plug-And-Play device. Once you insert it for the first time, it will prompt you for installation and that will be all. However, some require additional settings, (especially the CDMAs), so you will need to call the customer care or get someone who is knowledgeable about the equipment and instillation process.




It should be noted that modems are not the only way you can browse in Nigeria. Places such as wireless hotspots are increasingly growing. If you plan to be using the internet all the time or sharing it with other people, then it is advisable that you search for wireless internet bundles. This is a great opportunity, especially for those who are staying in Lagos and Ibadan.  


You can look for a cyber café that also provides wireless services around where you are located (this is very important for proximity sake) and subscribe to their services. Cyber cafes offer hourly rates, so you can purchase as many hours as you want. You can also look for big companies that offer these services on a larger scale. One company that does this is IPNX Nig. Ltd based in Lagos and Ibadan. IPNX Nig. Ltd offer their internet services on the wireless and they cover almost every part of Lagos. All you need to do is get their modem at N36,000. Their monthly plan is between N6,300 and N47, 250 depending on the number of systems and the amount of data you want. It is very fast and reliable.


What has been your experience with connecting to the internet in Nigeria? What service do you use? Would you recommend it? Share with us below!



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