The last one week in the Nigerian mobile internet arena has been hell on earth. Actually, the last one week for internet subscribers in general in Nigeria has been that.
Since the problem with SAT3 cropped up recently, the huge majority of internet subscribers have had to contend with choppy, unreliable connections (and disconnections).
Since most ISPs depend on the SAT3 submarine cable for connectivity, it is no surprise that we have stayed offline more than online since the cable woes hit.
This brings to mind the fact that we still have a long way to go in this country.
How can it be that in 2009 a country of 140 million people largely depends on one channel for internet access? Why?
Oh, we can also ask, Why is it that this same country has depended on one cash-cow for decades – crude oil? Why?
What is happeneing with Globacom’s submarine cable?
Why is it that MTN, Zain, Glo, and Etisalat are adding legions of subscribers year after year and smiling to the bank, while Mtel has lost almost every single subscriber on its network (if it still has a network)? Why?
Why is NITEL – Mtel’s parent company moribund? Why? Why is it up for sale again (after several such sales efforts in the past)?
We must not forget the almighty question – Why is it that we spend more infinitely time in darkness than with our light bulbs on?
It is amazing that Nigeria exists at all. Unfortuately, it is looking like we will continue to ask these questions for a long time to come.