Ahmad Mukoshy, Founder of GigaLayer, a domain and hosting service provider in Nigeria, has told Technology Times that the Nigerian government needs to subsidise Internet access to boost nationwide broadband penetration.
Mukoshy believes that by subsidising Internet access, Nigerian government will be boosting Internet penetration and addressing the challenges that tech startups and other technology brands in the country.
“One of the biggest challenges we have is Internet. Government should subsidise internet access. Right now, we are in an information age and the number one source of knowledge is Internet for now, Mukoshy told Technology Times in an exclusive interview in Lagos.
The GigaLayer Founder reckons that Internet is not only a tool for economic and social growth but also gives life-long learners the tools to become autodidacts and join the ranks of other self-taught great thinkers in history.
According to Mukoshy, “even universities are now enrolling online courses because it’s easy and fast for people to grab information. If the government can do something about that, make Internet accessible to vast majority of entrepreneurs and students as well, because I started from school. If Internet had been provided for me when I was in school, I would have been doing better than what am doing now.”
“Internet is very expensive in Nigeria. I went to Sudan some years back and I was paying N2, 500 for 10GB data Internet subscription but when I came back to Nigeria, it was N10,000 for that same data. If such smaller countries with less economy can be able to do it, why is Nigeria not able to do it?” Mukoshy says.
Speaking on how to tackle these challenges, Founder of GigaLayer says that inasmuch as the Federal Government has a part to play, entrepreneurs also have a part to play. “I see people waiting for the government to do most things for them and government can only do to its best what it can do.”
According to him, “no matter what the government does, if the entrepreneurs are not fully challenging themselves, it becomes almost a waste of time. If you really love what you want to do, you don’t even see the challenges. If you come across the challenges, you find yourself crossing them. If entrepreneurs are really focused, they will be able to jump those challenges and what the government can do is to make that jumping step easy for them”, he explains.
Speaking on the issue of cyber security, the domain and hosting service boss called on businesses, web developers, entrepreneurs and everyone with a website or online presence to be vigilant in regarding cyber security, adding that if they don’t, hackers will keep threatening their businesses and even find new ways to attack.
“Security is a perception. If you feel like you have done everything necessary to protect yourself, then you feel you are secured but there is no level of security you will do that could not be breached and then Internet has become so widely accessible globally, not just in Nigeria that some young people would just want to have fun, they don’t consider businesses” Mukoshy told Technology Times at the iDEA Hub in Lagos.
While also commenting on the uptake of Nigeria’s .ng domain name, he says that that with increased awareness, the Nigerian domain name will not only grow local Internet content, but will help save Nigeria the huge capital flight that comes from over-dependence on foreign domain platforms imposed on the economy.
”The rate at which .com.ng is coming up is pretty fast. More people now go for .com.ng compared to the previous years when people out-rightly reject it probably due to fear of unreliability while preferring to go for .com, although the demand for .com still outweighs that of .com.ng”, says the domain name entrepreneur.
According to him, “the rate at which .com.ng is coming up, it will soon outweigh .com because it is cheaper and equally reliable plus it can also do everything that can be done in .com.”