Airtel has been pushing itself to the public as “the smartphone network” and wooing subscribers with enticing data bundles. Personally, mobile internet on Airtel Nigeria has been one tale of disappointments after another. As a matter of fact, my very first mobile line was on ECONET, which later morphed over and over into airtel. Eventually, I gave up on the network for data.
This morning, I was trying to make the topic of Simultaneous Equations easier for Girl Mo (who is sitting for her Common Entrance exams soon), and I had need of internet to find some material for her online. Between Glo and my BlackBerry smartphone, I am not sure who was the culprit, but network was epileptic. And so, the lot fell on Mrs. Mo’s Airtel BIS subscription to bail me out. We put on her hotspot and in a few minutes, the laptop was online.
Shock: everything loaded pretty fast. Oh; I was surprised. Was this the Airtel I knew or another? I loaded some pretty heavy webpages and the speed was still surprising. So, I ran a Speedtest:
Yes; you read the result right: download speeds in the range of 5 Mbps. On Airtel! There is a God in heaven. Anyway, I will be trying out Airtel in the next one month at various locations around Lagos to see whether this “revolution” is for real.
Do you use Airtel internet anywhere in the world? What has your experience with it been like?
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.