Alternatives to MTN Internet Issues in Nigeria

The recent internet service disruptions across Nigeria due to damage to several undersea cables have severely impacted businesses and individuals who rely on MTN, Airtel, and Etisalat for internet connectivity. While the cable operators work to repair the cables, Nigerian businesses need to explore alternative connectivity solutions to maintain business continuity.   

For business owners and individuals relying heavily on internet services from MTN, Airtel, and Etisalat, the outages have been extremely disruptive and costly. Here is a proposed solution focused on business owners who work online:

Use multiple ISPs to reduce reliance on one provider

  • Glo   

Glo provides high-speed 4G/5G mobile data coverage across Nigeria. With over 128 million subscribers, Glo has extensive network infrastructure to provide consistent connectivity.   

  • Spectranet   

Spectranet is a leading Internet Service Provider in Nigeria focused on fiber broadband. Their speeds range from 10Mbps to 1Gbps based on needs. Spectranet ranked high in network consistency and low latency.   

  • Starlink   

Starlink offers high-speed, low-latency satellite internet across Nigeria starting at 110 USD/month. Satellite connectivity provides an extra layer of redundancy if submarine cables are damaged. Starlink has over 5,200 satellites giving extensive coverage. 

Leverage cloud infrastructure

For business services and applications, leverage cloud infrastructure providers like AWS, Azure, or GCP which have data centers in Nigeria. This way, services are hosted locally rather than relying on international connectivity for offshore servers.


While repairing damaged undersea cables takes time, implementing a redundant connectivity solution is crucial for Nigerian businesses to maintain productivity and continuity. Glo, Spectranet and Starlink together provide terrestrial, mobile and satellite connectivity for maximum redundancy. Each covers for weaknesses in the others.

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