Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Surfwella to bring free internet access to Nigerian Universities


Internet access in schools is an indispensable tool required for the learning process. This is why most schools provide internet access for their students either for free or through a subscription plan. But the quality of the internet services in these schools is either unstable or too slow for practical use. This is why many other private service providers have tried to improve this; and the latest of this bunch is Surfwella(nice name too tho).

Surfwella comes with a different approach in that their services are supposedly free (i.e no payment, subscription plan etc), but that makes me a little skeptical, I mean c’mon free internet access for Nigerian schools? Surfwella has to be paying for these services somehow. This makes me think there is some kind of catch, ads maybe? But, I may very well be wrong. As Olusola Bankole; Surfwella’s Chief Marketing officer puts it:
It’s our own form of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It is all about empowering the students to be globally competitive, and access to free Internet is the best way to empower the budding on-coming Generation-Z.
So, let’s take him at his word and see how this scheme will pan out. Surfwella plans to start out in University of Abuja before moving to Lagos State University (LASU), College of Agric, Lafiaji, and UNILAG.

The awesome thing is that this service isn’t limited to just Nigerian Universities. According to their website, you can browse for free in Lagos if you are a registered user and happen know the location of any of their hotspots(which are not listed BTW). You can sign up for Surfwella here.
What is your take on “free” internet access in Nigerian universities? Let us know in the comments section below.

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