Internet in Ghana
According to Internet World Stats, Ghana had 5,171,993 Internet users on December 31, 2014, which represents 19.6% of its 26,327,649 population. I am an internet user and I live in Tema, Ghana. I belong to this privilege few changing the way things are being done in Ghana using the internet. The internet powers most of my life activities: work, social life, and studies; I depend so much on it. Ghana is reported, to be among the first countries in West Africa to be connected to the internet. We have had many challenges with internet connectivity issues, but the good news is, we are far better off than when it all began.
Surfline 4G LTE internet
Unfortunately, I am among the Ghanaian’s who were not enthused but the introduction of a 4G LTE internet service in Ghana by Surfline Communications Limited. I was more comfortable dealing with the 3.5G internet service my mobile telecom provider was providing; though there were some challenges especially with getting the 3G signals at some locations within Ghana. Despite this glaring challenge, I was still not ready to invest in a new technology, I had no idea how well it was going to be managed.
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The hype for surfline 4G LTE was really massive; the company did their homework well and their customers made the noise loudest. I had friends who kept sharing comments about the speed, but, I kept saying “they are new”. They have a few customers, their service is only limited to some parts of Greater Accra. I was not moved at all because, I felt the existing mobile telecom companies like MTN Ghana, Vodafon Ghana, Airtel Ghana, Tigo Ghana, Glo Ghana, Expresso and other ISP’s have millions and thousands of customers across the country, but were still trying their best to deliver. Kudos to all of them, it’s not easy at all coming from an IT perspective.
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As an IT professional, I try my best not to be swayed by any new exciting innovation in town. My fellow Ghanaians would agree with me that we like new things. Ghanaian’s are quick to subscribe to anything with a good hype. But, so far I can say, Surline 4G LTE is still meeting the expectations of most Ghanaians. Before writing this article, I took a quick glance at Surfline’s network coverage map. They are truly doing a good job, and I hope it covers the entire Greater Accra region, so they can focus on moving to other areas of the country. Surfline indeed has come to lead the pack of LTE providers in Africa, and I know will soon become the ultimate alternative for most Ghanaians when it comes to internet access.
The big question, why decide to you Surfline now?
I have few good reasons why. Personally my life revolves around internet; I spend more time online for both work, studies and pleasure. I spend a lot trying to stay connected both on PC and mobile. This makes me spend a lot, and have recently noticed I spend as much as I spend on my modem on my phone. I used to transfer data bundle from my phone to PC to help manage my spending, but unfortunate for me, MTN Ghana stopped this service. I had to be smart, I just could not continue spending so much on just internet. In my quest to resolve my predicament, I started an aggressive research into a solution that could help me provide internet access to all my network devices and allow me to have one central spending point. I needed a device that I could go everywhere with and still could connect to the internet either with my phone or PC. In the course of my research, I stumbled on a device known as the Mifi.
MiFi is a portable broadband device that allows multiple end users and mobile devices to share a 3G or 4G mobile broadband Internet connection and create an ad-hoc network. There were other alternatives but this was exactly what I needed. I noticed the mobile telecom companies already had this, so I know you will be thinking. Why not stick with them, sure I could have, but I now wanted a service that can give me a stable connection regardless of my location in Accra. Unlike Surfline, the mobile telecom companies cannot guarantee 3G everywhere. This is my compelling reason to sign-up for Surfline Mi-fi. I am guaranteed of 4G LTE internet connecting within their coverage areas.
So now you know, when you see me using surfline Mifi, don’t reprimand me. I have good reasons to now want to use surfline 4G LTE internet service. For more information on Surfline services and products visit: www.surflinegh.com In case you need any advice or want to know more about staying connect to the Internet or the devices you need to buy, or why buy a modem from this telecom company and not the other. Feel free to call me on 0245721815 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
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