Yesterday afternoon, 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, public hotspot in Nigeria. His answer was a negative. I have not either. Even the available commercial hotspots are often frustrating to use, especially in terms of stability and speed.
Thinking about it, we have all these 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 have to run our own private hotspots, even when we are out and about.
Well, that doesn’t feel strange anyway. You see, we are used to generating our own electricity, providing our own security, drilling for our own water, and even paving our own streets. What evil can come out of providing our own personal hotspots?
All you need is a mifi device, or a BlackBerry OS7.1 or Android 2.2 smartphone, and you can have your own private hotspot running in no time. Sigh.
Hotspots may be found in coffee shops, fast-food outlets and other public establishments throughout much of the developed world.
Do you know of any public place in your country that provides a hotspot? Have you used any public hotspot anywhere? Have you used any free public hotspot? What has been your experience with them? Do share.
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