• Elon Musk’s planned Starlink entry into the ISP space in Nigeria has sparked some debate.
  • Nigerians have started debating which Internet Service Providers offer the best services.
  • There are countless providers in Nigeria who offer top notch services to Nigerians.

As Nigerians prepare for the entry of Elon Musk’s Starlink into the country’s ISP space, competition in the sector is getting tougher.

Recent competition in the industry has caused a drop in the cost of service in the country with many providers competing for the pockets of Nigerians.

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Main service providers in Nigeria

Many of the service providers in Nigeria are highly dependent on subscription models and their services are geared towards meeting the needs of corporate clients.

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As of last count, Nigeria has 225 Internet Service Providers with new entrants billed to enter the space.

ISP operators are on a different terrain than mobile phone operators that also offer internet service to their subscribers.

Many of the providers surreptitiously attach the Fair Use Policy (FUP) to their plans for unsuspecting subscribers.

This means that when the subscriber reaches the threshold within the unlimited period, the speed slows down and peaks after some data usage.

Here are the Top Five Internet Service Providers in Nigeria in 2023

NTEL: Offers unlimited data plans ranging from daily to weekly and monthly. Some of their plans have FUP but they have some of the cheapest plans in the country.

NTEL is only available in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt

Smile – Offers some of the cheapest plans and offers various subscription plans ranging from daily, weekly and monthly unlimited.

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Smile is available in all major cities in Nigeria including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Benin City, Kaduna, Onitsha and Asaba.

Some of their services include Unlimited Lite, Unlimited Essential, and Freedom.

Spectranet: The ISP has the largest subscriber base in Nigeria with many businesses, individuals and corporate entities using its services.

Their services include unlimited Diamond and Gold plans.

Cool Link: is a broadband service transmitted from Satellite, which provides users with greater speed than terrestrial or broadband services.

Cool Link has various data plans from weekly to monthly with up to 15GB and fast download.

Swift Networks: Arguably one of the largest ISPs in Nigeria, offering broadband services for cost-effective plans.

The firm has Unlimited Weekly and Unlimited Supreme.

Cyberspace – One of the oldest ISPs in Nigeria, the company was the first to implement 4G service in Nigeria and promised to offer 10 times more speed, mobility and security to its customers.

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It has a number of data plans including Cyber ​​Unlimited Classic and Cyber ​​Unlimited Premium.

iPNX is reportedly a pioneer and leading Fiber to the Home (FTTH) provider in Nigeria.

It has FOS extreme 200, FOS extreme 400 and FOS extreme 1000.

Hoop Telecoms offers various services and operates in 5 states of Nigeria.

It has Home Deluxe, Home Deluxe Plus and Home Ultimate.

Tizeti: implements Internet services in residential areas and customers, allowing them to have the full benefit of Internet service with different plans.

They include Residential Unlimited and Turbo Connect.

Fiber One – One of the largest fiber to home internet service providers offering last mile internet services in Nigeria.

Their unlimited plans include Smart Home, Smart Lite, Smarthome Plus, Smarthome Premium, Smarthome, and Platinum.

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legit.ng reported that Nigerians are awaiting with bated breath the launch of Elon Musk’s much-hyped Internet service Starlink.

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Communication and Digital Economy Minister Isa Pantami said in early December that Starlink, owned by Elon Musk and powered by satellite, will start operating in Nigeria in December.

Starlink announced in May 2022 that it was granted a license by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to operate in the ISP category in the country.

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