Before now, there were people who argued passionately that Internet access was a luxury – an item on your list that wasn’t worth prioritizing. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how wrong that kind of thinking is.
Guess what happened every time a lockdown was implemented? In every city, every town, and every community where a lockdown was implemented, Internet usage spiked. Every single time. Mobile and telecoms carriers suddenly had more people spending time online than ever before. Networks became congested and operators had to scramble to boost capacity.
You see that thing that you fall back on when everything else falls apart? It is super important. As this Coronavirus pandemic ravages the world, humans are falling back on the Internet as a primary means of socialising and communicating. The internet is also fast becoming the primary means of shopping outside of petty purchases for more people than ever before.
Internet access is also providing the most effective means of delivering live updates for information from government and health authorities.
And if you are locked down away from your loved ones – spouse, children, parents, etc, video calls are fast becoming a default means of keeping in touch. For example, I use video calls more often these days in reaching out to my dad. Being able to see him and vice versa makes a whole world of difference to both of us. Sometimes, we have the entire family gather round and video-call with him.
What Of Business?
As businesses struggle and try to grapple with the economic implications of the virus outbreak on their operations, many that had hitherto run primarilly brick-and-mortar operations are restrategizing and exploring ways to stay active using Internet access. Local stores, consulting operations, graphic designers, schools, and training services are but a few of the numerous business concerns that are adapting to the situation on ground and deploying e-services.
How Important Is Internet Access?
In the modern world, Internet access is a basic need – as basic as roads and power supply. And more than ever before, the world depends on it now. This is not a time to sit back and told your arms in resignation. This is a time to evolve and adapt.
Everything has changed. For how long, we do not know. But it will be long enough to demand that you change and adapt with it.
What do we mean by Internet access? It is access to the global network of connected devices via personal computers, laptops tablets, mobile phones, smartwatches, and others. Internet access makes it possible to send and receive email, download and upload files, use social media, send and receive instant messages, stream video and sudio content, among other uses.
How do I get Internet access at home?
Seeing as lockdowns are becoming the order of the day, this is a very valid question. Everyone needs to get connected to the Internet at home, so you can use the Internet on a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device while at home.
Depending on the location of your residence, you might be able to connect via a number of options, including:
- Cable service
- Mobile network via 2G, 3G, 4G, or 5G (worried about 5G? Read How Dangerous is 5G Radiation?)
- Wireless service
Cable is not as widely available as mobile and wireless services, though it is more reliable. Cable involves the presence of a cable connection to your location. If it isn’t available, your next bet is to find out which ISPs provide wireless Internet service to your area.
Lastly, and the most widely available of all, are the mobile carriers and operators. Since you probably have a mobile phone and line already, getting Internet access via mobile is easy. Just subscribe to a data plan from your network operator. It doesn’t matter what kind of smartphone you use – Apple iPhone, Samsung phone, TECNO phone, itel phone, or any other. All of them are compatible with internet services on available mobile networks.
Internet access is not a luxury. It is a basic need. It is so basic that, in 2020, human society depends on it to survive. Imagine what this pandemic would have been like without real-time information going around. Imagine what a lockdown would mean without this powerful means of staying connected with family, friends, co-workers, clients, and indeed the rest of the world.
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.