10 Best ISP Companies in Nigeria


The internet has become a very important aspect of our life. A few minutes of poor internet connectivity doesn’t just leave many frustrated; it can also lead to the loss of millions of naira by organizations.

This explains why using the right internet service provider is very important. We’ve compiled the following top 10 ISPs in the country based on the reliability and speed of their internet service.

Suburban West Africa

Located in Wuse 2, Abuja, Suburban is a leading provider of internet and cloud services in both Nigeria and West Africa.

Suburban is headed by the veteran entrepreneur – Bruce Ayonote and the company was incorporated in 1999 and has rapidly grown to the top of the ISP sector in the last 18 years.

Swift Networks Limited

Founded in 2002, Swift is one of the foremost internet service providers in the country. They hold the exclusive wireless spectrum license from the Nigerian Communications Commission and they are known to offer state-of-the-art broadband services which are quite cost-effective and extremely reliable.

Overall, their services include:

  • Broadband internet access
  • Virtual Private Networking Services
  • Web and email hosting
  • Collocation services
  • Video conference as well as
  • Surveillance solutions

Smile Nigeria

Smile is another top notch internet service provider in the country. Although, they just began operations in the country a few years ago, the company has rapidly risen to the top of the ISP space.

Smile launched its 4G LTE service in Nigeria in 2014 and their service is currently available in 8 cities.

As at 2015, Smile was reputed to have the biggest 4G LTE mobile broadband network in Africa. As a matter of fact, they are one of the leading 4G LTE providers in several cities in the African continent.

Smile is known for their fast and reliable internet service as well as their superclear voice service.

Spectranet

Spectranet was the first internet service provider in the country to provide 4G LTE internet service.

Their service is currently available in four major cities in the country namely Lagos, Abuja, PortHarcourt and Ibadan.

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The company was licensed in 2009 by the Nigerian Communications Commission and they have improved their service over the year to providing smart connectivity and affordable 24/7 high speed internet.

Spectranet is made up of veterans in business management and the ICT space. The current CEO is Dave Venn, a brilliant business executive with over 30 years experience of leading businesses in the telecommunications industry.

In 2016, Spectranet received several awards as the best broadband company of the year and this has further cemented their place as one of the top ISPs in the country.

Globacom

Founded by Mike Adenuga, Globacom has grown from its humble beginnings when it started operations in 2003 to achieving several amazing feats.

For instance, Globacom was the first single company to build a high capacity sub marine fibre-optic cable popularly known as Glo-1.

Also, they are the first Nigerian owned ISP to have extended their customer base across other countries in Africa such as Benin and Ghana.

Their head office is located in Victoria Island, Lagos and they currently have a subscriber base of over 34 million subscribers.

Galaxy Backbone

Owned by the Federal Government, Galaxy Backbone is a major ICT company in the country that provides internet service as one of its offering.

Located in Wuse, Abuja, the company is one of the foremost ISPs in the country. Galaxy Backbone was established in 2006 but commenced operations properly in 2007.

The company has in country and offshore VSATs hubs, a data center, Federal Capital metro fiber backbone and multiple redundant internet gateway.

These facilities have helped the company provide internet and data service to public institutions nationwide. Currently, Galaxy Backbone has over 4000 locations in the country which represents over 350 ministries, departments and agencies.

MTN

MTN Nigeria offers one of the fastest internet services in the country. The company is a subsidiary of the MTN Group which is Africa’s leading telecommunications company.

The company was launched in Nigeria in 2001 and they currently provide services in over 221 cities in the country. However, they are not limited to only cities. MTN service includes over 10000 villages spread across the 36 states of the nation.

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Since its inception in 2001, MTN has invested over $1.8 billion in ensuring they provide reliable and fast internet service to their massive customer base across the country.

NETCOM Africa

Founded in 2004, NETCOM Africa was the first ISP to launch a consumer and SME WIMAX service called MyNetcom.

They have other landmark achievements in internet service provision. For instance, they were the first privately held company to offer fiber access services in Nigeria.

Currently, NETCOM Africa is one of the major providers of internet and cloud services to corporate bodies.

NETCOM Africa is backed by a management team with vast experience and expertise. They have over 150 staffs and more than 100 contract staffs.

NETCOM has internationally links with countries such as Canada, USA and China.

ipNX

With more than 5000 customers in the country, ipNX is one of the fastest growing ICT companies in the country.

As a matter of fact, ipNX is well on its way to fulfilling its mission to becoming the preferred communicationa and IT enabler in not just Nigeria but in Africa.

They provide world class and innovative service and their sphere of influence include enterprises, small businesses and residents in Nigeria

IpNX has over 12 years experience in the ICT space and they are known as a pioneer and leading fixed network operator in the country.

MainOne

MainOne is a leading provider of telecommunications service not just for businesses in Nigeria but West Africa as well.

They are equipped with world class infrastructure which they serve their clients enhancing their productivity and profitability.

Their services include:

  • Connectivity services
  • Media services
  • Data center services
  • Enterprise voice services
  • SME in a box solution
  • Mainone DDOS Protection Service
  • SME-in-a-box Pro

MainOne was established in 2010 and has grown to become one of the major providers of wholesale internet services. Their clients include major telecoms operators, ISPs, government agencies, large enterprises and educational institutions.

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