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Firm offers free internet equipment to communities

By Folakemi Olaoni

To boost access, an internet service provider (ISP), Sairtel, is offering free equipment installation to underserved communities.

Its Acting Chief Executive Officer, Salvation Alibor, said the firm would also bear the cost of any downtime.

At a briefing in Lagos, he explained how the beneficiaries are selected.

“It’s not just rural communities. You don’t have to be rural to be unreached or underserved. For instance, Badore, Epe, Ikorodu, Mowe may be unreached on underserved because they’re in the outskirts, far from the base stations, so internet services may be poor in those places.

“We look at closely settled areas, such as an estate, a campus, malls or industrial areas. The equipment is free, but access is not free.

“We deploy as much equipment as is needed so that such places are no longer underserved or unreached.”

Alibor said the company’s focus is to provide truly unlimited internet broadband service.  Sairtel promises a hassle-free satellite communication service.

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“We deliver on the same day in Lagos and within four days elsewhere. We offer the best support as an ISP in Nigeria so you can never have a minute downtime; else we will pay for it. Our support is available even all night long.

“Enterprises and institutions upcountry prefer to rely on our services for their digital libraries’ operations.

“Most businesses in Lagos prefer our Ka-Band solutions for their internet service backups for its speed and affordability.”

Alibor said the business is designed to create jobs.

“We have trained technical personnel in 27 of 36 states of the federation and the FCT who are well equipped to install or respond to on-site needs.

“Our customer care unit reminds you of your next renewal date two weeks before it is due to allow you ample time to prepare for it.

“With Sairtel, you have unlimited download. No FAP token required, no throttling and no cap. Sairtel broadband internet service gives you peace of mind to focus on your core business,” the firm said.

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