As I said in the previous post, I am summarizing all my information as I gather it, on the Mobile ISPs page in the Living in Nigeria wiki. So go there for more details and for more recent news. Add information if you have it!
The summary at this point is:
- Although advertising as high speed, MTN offers low-speed (GPRS) service with a variety of monthly and day plans (from a few hours to a full 24 hours). They plan eventually to have broadband (GSM family, UMTS)
- Multi-links and Zoom offer medium-speed (1x) connections. They plan to have broadband (CDMA family, EVDO). I don't know about actually-observed operating speeds.
- Multi-links requires you to buy a 21,000 naira phone or 16,000 naira (unavailable) modem.
- Zoom requires you to buy a 3,000 naira phone or 10,000 naira modem.
- Multi-links and Zoom both have a variety of plans, but only Multi-links has day plans.
- Zain and Glo do not offer intermediate range (1x) service and don't seem to have any attractive features at this point.
- My personal experience with MTN on only a few occasions has been that it is not worthwhile (too slow).
- I have heard from one person each for MTN, Zoom, and Multi-links that the service has been fair (MTN, Zoom) to good (Multi-links).
It is very important to remember that while the companies advertise a connection speed and while the hardware could in fact support that speed, the actual speed is still limited by how much bandwidth the company chooses to pour into the pipeline. Bandwidth is expensive and so far the companies are not actually giving out as much as they could, or so it appears to the consumer.