The first ISP in Nigeria went live in the early 1990s, marking the beginning of the modern internet age in the country. Before this, only persons who worked for the government or in academic institutions had access to the internet.
Detailed history of internet in Nigeria
The National Center for Communication Technologies (NCCT) was founded in 1991 by the government of Nigeria; it was the country’s first ISP (Internet Service Provider). Afterwards, in the middle of the ’90s, ISPs like Nitel, Interswitch, and Vee Networks emerged to meet the need for private Internet access. Corporations, governmental agencies, and educational institutions might use these service providers to establish internet connections. Unfortunately, the typical person was only presented with expensive and restricted alternatives.
Access to the internet expanded rapidly in Nigeria beginning in the early 2000s. Having a mobile phone in your pocket and the advent of new wireless technologies like GPRS and 3G have both played a role in this.
The growing number of Nigerians with access to the web has had a major effect on the country’s culture and economy. This has resulted in an increase in people’s ability to transmit and receive information and the development of e-commerce and internet-based enterprises.
Nonetheless, Nigeria’s internet has had its share of problems, including connectivity challenges, censorship, and security breaches. Both government and private sector websites have been the subject of cyber attacks, and periods of censorship of the internet have occurred.