Category Archives: technology

Internet Access Options in Nigeria – Abuja April 2014

Someone asked me for information about available options for reliable corporate Internet in Abuja yesterday and after composing the email response with the analysis, I realized that over the years, I have somehow inadvertently become a walking encyclopedia of sorts for data network connectivity in Nigeria. This probably comes from consulting for multiple organizations including the network operators themselves. I’m posting this here with the hope that you find it useful. Continue reading

Much ado about a broadcast

I write this to remind us admins of the little things that sometimes cause us big headaches and the importance of monitoring which is very easy to neglect.While I was onsite visiting a Bandwidth Consortium member institution some weeks ago, the network admin happened to log into his router and saw one of his local interfaces receiving up to 40Mbps traffic. This is a network that rarely gets 10Mbps on that interface.
On closer inspection using the Torch feature of the Mikrotik RouterOS, Continue reading

The BlackBerry browser does not suck that bad

Over the years, each time I got a new BlackBerry, I immediately
switched the browser settings to emulate Internet Explorer or Firefox.
Even though I got websites to show me full-size web pages, there were
several websites that would cause the browser to hang or crash
completely and I just assumed this was one of the failings of the BB
Some months ago, I came across the
Bolt Browser
( which really handles full-size pages well
and even plays streaming media from sites like After
switching my BlackBerry browser settings back to default, I found that
it’s not such a bad browser if u leave it as default under settings. The
fact is that when you ask it to emulate IE or firefox, websites think
it’s a real browser and throw it scripts and other things it cant
handle. You also miss out on specials that are targeted at mobile users
when you pretend to be the grown computer that you aren’t.
Need to access cPanel, WHM and other complex sites on the go? Bolt
Browser has saved me on more than once occasion and could be handy for
you too even if you use a phone other than a BlackBerry.
Please note: i’m not affiliated with the makers of either the BlackBerry
or Bolt Browser. Just sharing a useful tip :-)

Dewole Ajao
Technology Consultant
Tinitop Technologies Ltd

The SMS Kiosk takes off

At The SMS Kiosk (, you will find a very easy to use web SMS solution with lots of features like contact management, voucher generation, and receiving of replies on mobile phones. A facebook application is also available so you can keep texting from within your facebook account.

With prices starting from N1.90 and the ability to generate vouchers in any denomination by yourself, anybody can be a reseller!

In addition to all the features on the website, your users can send bulk SMS from their mobile phones and desktops too!

It’s free to get a website like The SMS Kiosk branded with your company name and logo but you need to buy N100,000 worth of SMS (@N2 per SMS)

To find out more, signup for a test account (with free credits) at or contact +2347041515474

Happy selling!

--  Dewole Ajao Technology Consultant Tinitop Technologies Ltd Blog: Web:

To strike or not to strike

Below is a chain message forwarded to me by one of my Blackberry messenger contacts. While it is interesting to see people want to fight for better prices, I think the move is a bit comical since we don't all have the same renewal date. Only people whose subscriptions have expired can afford to go on such strike action on the proposed date.

As forwarded::::

??Hi all,

I wanna use this opportunity to let you guys/ ladies know we are being ripped off by nigerian service providers. BIS fees in Nigeria is ridiculously high despite the fact that it too slow and we need to STAND UP and say NO to unnecessary exploitation. From july no-one should pay for their ???? service, we should all call our service providers and tell them that we won't pay for our ???? service unless the price Is reduced to 1500 naira. Then let's see if the price will not be reviewed. Please we really require everyone's participation. Please forward this to all your contacts.. Thank you..


Dewole Ajao

a file on changing the OS of instruction at the ngNOG workshops

the following is an email in a thread at about changing the OS of instruction at a national Unix network training workshop. as usual, people have talked and talked about making a change without preparing a roadmap. in the attached email, i make some suggestions
but i don’t think i got a response from the proponents of the change.

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