This round of Mister Mo’s internet struggles has him setting up 9mobile 3G versus Ntel 4G, with very surprising results. Do read and share. In

Mister Mo’s Internet struggles: 9mobile 3G versus Ntel 4G

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This round of Mister Mo’s internet struggles has him setting up 9mobile 3G versus Ntel 4G, with very surprising results. Do read and share.

In my line of work, a reliable internet connection is important. But being based in Nigeria means that one can never 100% rely on a single internet service provider all the time. You need a backup and a backup fr that backup. Which is why I have a Smile SIM, Ntel SIM, 9mobile SIM, Glo SIM, MTN SIM, Spectranet SIM, and Airtel SIM. All seven (7) of them. If one fails, I always have a backup.

9mobile 3G versus Ntel 4G

The sad thing is that they have all failed at some point in time or the other. All of them. In recent times, Ntel has been my defacto internet connection. But things have fallen apart. In the last few weeks, I have had the most unreliable experience on Ntel 4G’s internet service.

The Ntel 4G connection won’t load many pages that I try to access. Sometimes, it will load them halfway – with the content but no formatting. Forget downloads. Painful. Even watching short video clips tend to be a painful experience now. My work began to suffer. So, I looked for a backup and the lot fell on 9mobile.

9mobile 3G versus Ntel 4G

So, I put my 9mobile SIM card in a phone, purchased a small plan to test it out and found – to my surprise – that it it is much more dependable than Ntel 4G. The shock. The horror. A 3G internet connection that is faster and more reliable than a 4G internet connection. The things I have seen in this life.

What Of 9mobile 3G?

“But wait”, you must be saying. “You just said 3G. What happened to 9mobile 4G?”

Good question. Actually, it was 9mobile 4G I used first. You know me. I want the fastest possible speed. But 9mobile 4G was very disappointing. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t any better than the Ntel 4G I sought to replace it with. For some weird reason, it occurred to me to switch to 3G. And voila! I got a much faster, more stable internet connection than both Ntel 4G and 9mobile 4G.

9mobile 3G To The Rescue

So, I have had to depend on 9mobile 3G. I keep trying Ntel 4G at intervals. It works fairly fine for brief periods and then becomes unreliable again. Then I switch back to 9mobile 3G. I am typing and publishing this on 9mobile 3G after Ntel 4G failed me again minutes ago.

What is the lesson behind this? That you rush to 9mobile 3G? You are on your own if you do that. The lessons are as follows:

  1. Always have a backup internet connection, or two, or three
  2. Find what works for you per time. No matter how wonderful one provider is to you right now, I promise you they will soon disappoint you. Have a backup. Yes; same as point one above.

For now, 9mobile 3G is bae for me. Tomorrow it may be Glo 4G. The following day may come and it is Smile 4G. One day, this pattern of poor service delivery will be a thing of the past and one will no longer need to keep a chain of backup SIM cards. One is not deranged after all.


  1. But I am really enjoying my glo 4g. For the first time in months I don’t have to sub twice a week for data like I did on mtn…

  2. For my mobile phone, I depend on MTN 4G, but I found out once I drive into the Ikeja axis, it cuts off. At first, I thought it was the MiFi device that had the issue, but this problem persisted even after switching to a 4G phone. Other than that, it’s been a super experience.

    I read Glo 4G really works well for some folks very much unlike the horror stories surrounding their 3G service. I might give it a spin sometime this week.

  3. For now, 9mobile 3G is bae for me.

    Sorry, what’s the meaning of BAE? My dictionary did not help! Perhaps you meant, DOPE?

    Something I have not been able to figure out..why is it so difficult to provide a CONSISTENTLY stable and reliable internet server in Nigeria ? No; there is no single one of them that is reliable for any affordable period of time…

    One day, this pattern of poor service delivery will be a thing of the past and one will no longer need to keep a chain of backup SIM cards

    Perhaps TsTv will be able to do that? Each time a new internet provider is about to start up, our hopes are rekindled as to the possibility of a game_changer…

    A man can hope, no?

  4. BAE – Before Anyone Else. an acronym that’s typically used to refer to a boyfriend or a girlfriend, a lover, a crush or really anyone considered to be the most important person in one’s life.

  5. If you are that type of person that into internet thing, either for work or just for fun, believe me, you don’t need to rely on one network provider in Nigeria, or else you will be disappointed. That’s why I have with me, Glo, MTN, 9mobile and Ntel, if one refused to give me what I want, I go for another. You can never reply on anyone of them

  6. Its most unfortunate that location determines the reliability of networks in Nigeria.None of them has been able to conquer this problem at least for now. No wonder an average Nigeria has been forced to acquire 3,4,5 sims just to keep up with the rest of the world.
    Are we going forward or backward? At this 21st century? Our leaders don’t see anything wrong with it. What a shame!

  7. For almost a month my download speed for my ntel 4G Lte has been less than 0.1 Mbps and all their customer care will tell you is ” we ran a check on your line and everything is fine in you area”. All a load of BS! Then they send you sms and emails that they have fixed the problem but the problem is still there frustrating you to no end, My conclusion, Ntel is a hopeless network!

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