Monthly Archives: April 2016

Why is my Internet so slow?


“My Internet speed is very slow!” This is a common phrase that is used by many Internet subscribers in Nigeria today to express concern and dissatisfaction with their Internet service.

If statistics are right, about 70% of subscribers in Nigeria have a deplorable ‘web browsing’ experience and mostly feel short-changed by their Service Providers. While many of them have lost complete hope with the assumption that Internet browsing experience is put up to be slow in a developing country like ours, those with more financial means end up having about 2 to 3 Internet modems from different ISPs just to fulfill their expected experience. Some corporate organizations even go as far as providing its key staff a modem each!

When a potential subscriber goes to purchase data package from a service provider, one of his assumed most important question is; “is your Internet speed faster than my former ISP’s?” Unfortunately, this kind of question is self-destructive and will pose challenges in the provision of that quality Internet.

Instead of jumping ship or asking the wrong questions, here are a few tips to consider with Internet speed and eventually having a good web browsing experience

Internet Need

Most Internet subscribers feel that once they have purchase any Internet package, they have unlimited access to all the delightful things the Internet can offer. This is a very common wrong assumption. There are so many cases where corporate organizations purchase dongle type connection or the likes, which are generally designed for single and mobile users, to serve as Internet access for the entire office operation. To subscribe, one should first identify the need for the Internet access and discuss this need with an ISP so the provider can assist you choose your bandwidth plan.

Understand Your Bandwidth Plan (Internet is not yet cheap)

Because of the dearth of last-mile Internet infrastructure, Internet subscription in Nigeria is still one of the highest for a fast developing nation like ours. So you may think you are paying a lot, whereas, your Internet is slow because you are paying for slow Internet connection. Inasmuch as service providers may play ‘sales with words’, you need to understand that there is a BIG difference in; “speed up to 1Mb” and “1MB dedicated bandwidth.” If in doubt, check your bandwidth agreement plan for your subscription and then run an online speed test (there are so many free online speed test tools). If the numbers match up to what you are paying for, then your Internet is working just fine. You are definitely paying for slow Internet connection. An upgrade is the best way to speed it up.

Troubleshoot your LAN or Device

And just before you go running your ISP down, have you checked your router or Local Area Network? A quick reset on your router sometimes will do the trick. If there are multiple devices on your network and the Internet problem only happens on one device, the problem is that device, not your router or ISP. Sometimes your subscription may have been designed for just one personal computer, but you have added other mobile devices (phone, tablet, etc) all with background downloads. This will definitely make you experience a slow connection.

If it is the LAN, you may have to check the router configuration. Cheap routers are notorious for losing configuration information caused by power fluctuation. You might also have spyware/malware infecting your devices and secretly using your Internet bandwidth. What about that employee using social media or ‘skyping’ a friend or watching online movies during office hours with company resources?

ISP Coverage or WiFi Coverage

Because of the capital cost in building Internet infrastructure and guaranteeing full coverage, ISPs don’t necessarily have blanket coverage over areas that are deemed not viable. Just because a service provider is providing quality service at your office in Lekki does not mean you can get the same level of service at your home in Akute. You need to check coverage areas with your choice ISP.

What about that WiFi system installed at your premises that make your work area look very tidy with little or no cables showing? Your Internet and router may be fine but your WiFi signal is weak. You may need to relocate, boost the signal or tweak it. You need to also be aware that your microwave oven and radio devices can degrade your WiFi Internet signal.

Bandwidth Consuming Plugins and Apps

From monitoring reports, statistics have it that when a LAN is working in order and the Internet speed is cross-checked yet you have slow speed, there are most likely other programs hogging the connection and BitTorrents are usually the culprit. If you are downloading files or movies with BitTorrent, normal web browsing is going to be slower. In addition, most Windows PCs come with automatic update ON. When download occur in the background and we are unaware as it leeches on our bandwidth, we tend to complain about poor Internet service. Simply identify these applications and turn them OFF.

Confirm your DNS Server

DNS servers are used to resolve domain names with IP addresses, such that, computers can understand our web request. They are usually provided by the ISPs but there are also some public DNSs available. If your DNS setting is outdated or wrong, Internet traffic will be directed to the wrong addresses on your ISP network causing intermittent browsing performance.

There was a large firm that have had to change 3 good service providers due to slow or inconsistence Internet browsing experience without realizing that the firm’s DNS server was broken! It took the intervention of the 4th ISP and its troubleshooting experience to detect and solve the client’s local issues.


These are just some of the many possibilities why your Internet is slow. If you keep experiencing slow connections, speak to a reliable ISP who has got the experience, technical support and a good customer service, in your neighborhood.

Kids and Smart Technology


We are in a new world and children today are growing up with a completely different life experience from their parents or generation before.

These days, every parent will acknowledge that it seems their kids are operating smartphones and tablets shortly after they are born. You are more likely to see a 2 year old baby clutching mom’s or dad’s phone to play games or watch videos. Many of us parents, never held on to any ‘smart’ technology till we got into the university. Many more, probably, only read about it. But today’s kids have been able to take happy moments out of the garden, straight into the living room.

The good thing is, with our children’s level of access to technology and a greater ability to understand and use it, an average kid today has access to more information than a whole country would have, hundreds of years ago. With smart devices, kids can use application to learn how to read, write and spell, all while mommy is making dinner. They can get to read, view images or videos of all the Seven Wonders of the World. They get to know about our solar system, galaxies or the evolution of man.

Interestingly, Schools are also embracing the use of technology as a way to empower our kids in educational environments. Computers can be used to do homework, play online spelling games, and improve language skills. Video games have been proven today to improve and encourage developmental skills such as hand-eye coordination, while some motion-controlled active games like Nintendo Wii or Xbox Kinetic can promote physical activities, like dancing.

Today, the use of technology for kids is a source for learning and fun at the same time.

However, there are also many bad sides to the use of smart technologies by our kids. This include, causing kids to have short-attention span. There are evidences that children exposed to increased use of technology end up being easily distracted. Not just that, they also miss out on real-life social interaction with people. They have less friends, and the use of these smart devices often interferes with their homework. They do less physical activities and may be exposed to adult contents, especially in the use of online-activated devices. We have to also be very cautious in the continuous stare at screens like television, computer or tablet. It may have a long term effect on the eyes.

As parents, we may find it easy to let our kids continue to play with technology, especially when they say they are bored. But we have to find ways to create limits because of the disadvantage of the continuous use of these technological devices. We can control it; and here are a few tips

  • Do not put a TV in the kids room
  • When the children are having a meal, or not watching a particular programme on TV, or doing their homework; switch it off
  • Limit the screen time. Whether it is TV, tablet or video games, make sure you set limit to the amount of time they will spend with these devices. You can set a couple of hours per day.
  • Encourage kids to play outside
  • Have family time. Either you go get Pizzas, visit the cinema, play hide and seek or plan a family vacation.

Aso Ebi Matter

“Aso Ebi” is good. It is one of the few long standing tradition that has established the Yoruba culture as a deep-seated communal society.

But having to always stress or borrow to keep up with the numbers of unnecessary aso-ebi is the ‘beginning of the introduction’ of poverty into our lives. If we take a decision today, to reduce our investment in these “aso-ebis” to only the necessary events (which may turn out to be 1 OR EVEN ZERO in a year); without statistical or mathematical calculations, we may end up 30% richer than we are today!

We all want to show support to other people, but having to go out of our way to show that support creates a ripple effect! We automatically turn ourselves into a burden! Because, we may have borrowed! Borrowed from a source we cannot return! Or we may have emotionally blackmailed others OR EVEN the celebrants!!!

Aso Ebi should be with convenience, voluntary and without motives. We should celebrate with others, with Joy and not under duress.

Everyday, I wonder how much our women “invest” in these ‘aso-ebis’, but what amazes me the most are their collaborating HUSBANDS… “Hian! E ni nko she ni”?

– Just me thinking o…. You guys can go ahead piling up Aso Ebi Looool