In Nigeria, so many persons rely on mobile data connectivity on phones, complemented by commercial cybercafes most of whom also run on mobile data). Over 80% of my participation in this forum is by that (the remaining is via Wi-Fi when I’m on campus). Wi-Fi isn’t common outside campuses and big hotels, and V-SAT connectivity, which powered cybercafes in the past, is being overlooked as obsolete. Though much improvement is needed in terms of stability and cost, mobile connectivity has improved so much from what it was a few years back. Competition among telcos is propelling all this. At the moment, N1000 (a thousand Naira, about three US Dollars) gets 1.5-1.8 GB of data for 30 days validity, which is 150-180 MB for a hundred Naira (29 cents). Five years ago, a hundred Naira got only 30MB. In the scramble for patronage, the telcos additionally flash bonuses, and one can get up to 2 GB for the N1000.
As one who’s often online, I can testify that so much can be done with this if you’re not downloading videos. So many Nigerians are always on social media and instant messengers. The situation is such that what I think makes people unable to take online courses or use other online resources as they ought to is bad attitude to online course specifically and to using technology in education generally, which is one result of lack of awareness of the benefits, and inadequate digital skills.
Most employers, including government ministries and agencies, discriminate against qualifications from online programs.
Just as Barry @b.d_souza said, I also like to know what the situation is in other countries. Could you please come in @oitiretset, Uditha @udithaw, @esampallyc9, Ulrick @ulrick.sutherland, Kwame @boatengk572, Neerja @neerjasood, Chinthaka @cnaleen, @lgoitsemang, Muideen @muhydeenahmed9.