WESTAfrica’s solar-based internet and voice service provider, Tizeti, says it has created robust internet plans and is expanding coverage to widen broadband envelope in Nigeria.
The company said Kaduna, Kano, Warri/Asaba, Eket/Uyo, Onitsha, Aba, Enugu, and Calabar have been added to its network.
It also hinted at a focus on accelerating internet availability across the continent with a new venture fund.
The company made this disclosure as it launched new connectivity offerings to enable more Africans to take advantage of digital offerings in a new world defined by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The products, according to the firm, reiterate its focus on delivering a simpler and more convenient technology offering with a smart customer care operation and integrated customer relationship management systems.
Speaking at the company’s annual conference, Tizeti NeXTGEN, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Kendall Ananyi, said the company reflected on digital interaction and transformation more seamless and intuitive for its stakeholders, especially during the wake of the disrupting global pandemic.
Ananyi said, “The global pandemic expedited the need for technology to be more agile, faster, more intuitive, and easier to understand, irrespective of the peculiarities of its users. Many people were unable to quickly adapt to the new normal of working, connecting to family and colleagues remotely, and accessing various educational, occupational, entertainment, and other services virtually.
“Many firms took an unnecessarily long time to adjust to the constraints the pandemic brought, and this resulted in declined productivity, ineffective transformation, and lost revenue. Technology is only useful when it is creating solutions to problems and we believe that as a leader in the digital space in West Africa, we have a role to build the technology platforms that will allow our user base to be agile and relevant in the coming years.
“We saw the transition from physical everything to the work-from-home model overnight and knew that we had to help people and businesses change the way they work and play. This is why we have launched new voice and data service for residential, small, medium, and enterprise organizations within Nigeria.”
According Ananyi, the new Turbo 100MBps Unlimited Internet Plans in Lagos will guarantee 100Mbps unlimited plans (which is 50 times faster than the existing plans in the market), with a free three months pilot to the first 100 signups in the Lekki area.
He said Tizeti was built to tackle poor internet connectivity not only in Nigeria but on the continent as a whole.
“We are building brand-new, solar-powered, 4G-capable towers in these cities and leveraging expansive fiber-networks built by some of our partners, to enable us to roll out our low-cost broadband service, and bring millions of people online, who can now take advantage of the life-changing socio-economic opportunities that access to the Internet provides,” he said.
The company announced its partnership with a $5m venture fund focused on startup ISPs that are expanding internet access across Africa.
The Chief Operating Officer, Tizeti, Ifeanyi Okonkwo, said the company would leverage its proprietary OS technology, global partnerships with equipment vendors, submarine cable companies, payment providers, and venture firms to provide the resources for these startup ISPs to accelerate the availability of unlimited internet across the continent.