There is an increasing number of free WiFi hotspots in Lagos available to members of the public. Have you used any of them and what have your experiences with them been like? This article was originally written in 2012 and has been updated with the most recent information available.
Back in 2012, I had to meet a contact at a fast food outlet at Surulere, Lagos. I arrived there after this gentleman and met him there with another acquaintance. After brief introductions, my contact told me how he was not allowed to so much as power on his laptop in there. Of course, that naturally led to the subject of public WiFi hotspots.
A hotspot is a setup that offers internet access over a wireless local area network through the use of a router connected to a link to an internet service provider (ISP).
I asked my contact if he had ever run into any free WiFi hotspots in Lagos. His answer was a negative. At the time, I had not either. Even the available commercial hotspots were often frustrating to use, especially in terms of stability and speed.
We had all those WiFi-enabled smartphones and tablets all over the place, but no public hotspots (free or paid) to make the best use of them. We often had to run our own private hotspots, even when we are out and about.
Not that it felt strange anyway. You see, we were used to generating our own electricity, providing our own security, drilling for our own water, and even paving our own streets. What evil could come out of providing our own personal hotspots?
But the picture has since changed. Today, there is a growing number of public hotspots available across the Lagos metropolis. They can be found in malls, fast-food outlets, airports, and other public establishments.
List of free WiFi hotspots in Lagos
- JJT Park, Alausa.
- City Connect hotspots along along the Fadeyi to Mile 12 BRT route.
- Google Station hotspots at Ikeja City Mall; University of Lagos, Akoka; Murtala Muhammed International Airport; Landmark Centre, Victoria Island; The Palms Mall, Victoria Island.
- Red Cheetah hotspot.
- GTBank hotspots at various branches around the state.
- Chicken Republic outlets.
- Spur Golden Eagle outlets.
Do you know of any other public places with free WiFi hotspots in Lagos? Have you used a public hotspot in any other city or town around the country? Have you used any free public hotspot? What has been your experience with them? Do share.