Etisalat launches 3.75G easyblaze broadband in Nigerian city

Etisalat SharjahEtisalat Tower in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (Image source: Wikicommons)Mobile service provider Etisalat has rolled out its 3.75G easyblaze broadband service in Akure, Nigeria

The company has claimed that the service would allow users to surf the web faster than before and enable more businesses to meet their communication needs.

Wael Ammar, Etisalat Nigeria chief commercial officer, said, “The launch of the 3.75G platform promises changes that will enhance multimedia functionality, high-speed mobile broadband and internet access and allow users to make video calls, watch live videos, send and receive emails and download music from their devices.”

The service will also enable users to buy data bundles on mobile phones, smartphones, MiFi and WiFi devices, as well as on USB modems, according to an Etisalat statement.

The roll-out has come only days after Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) raised concern that the majority of Nigerians were not using the Internet for business purposes.

According to figures from NITDA, only 45mn Nigerians used the Internet at work, school or in their houses.

A report on Nigeria’s Daily Trust read, “NITDA director general, Professor Cleopas Angaye said the percentage of businesses that use computers was 39 per cent while that of businesses that use the Internet for customer service was just 15 per cent of the total number of 45mn Internet users in the country.”

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