In order to provide a unique service to our customers as well as helping to bridge the known 'digital divide' (see box) gap in Northern Nigeria, Comden has set up a small Cybercafé to especially provide computer access to those without home access. Here our customers can choose a rate that meets their needs and buy the appropriate prepaid voucher in our office.
Even though we do not provide any printing or peripheral services, we certainly put a big emphasis on service. Right from the beginning, we believed that technology is only as good as the people supporting it. For public Internet access this means providing a friendly and knowledgeable staff, who can help with almost any technical question.
Food or beverages can be purchased right outside our premises.
Currently we provide the following rate options:
The term "digital divide" generally refers to the fact that certain members of the society have substantially better opportunities to benefit from the digital and information technology than other parts of the population. Groups often discussed within this context include socioeconomic (rich/poor), racial (white/minority), or geographical (urban/rural).
However "global digital divide" poses a serious challenge in today's world. While millions in the developed world have access to the vast information, communication and economic resources available through the Internet, the majority of the world's population continues to exist without the benefit of Internet access and information resources. While there seems to be a common consensus that developed nations with the resources to invest in and develop ICT infrastructure are reaping enormous benefits from the information age, while developing nations are trailing along at a much slower pace and this difference in rates of technological progress is widening the economic disparity between the most developed nations of the world, there is still a lot of research to be done in this field. Statistics can easily be deceiving and the fact that people own a computer does not necessarily mean that they actually make use of this opportunity. UN Development reports have also revealed that per capita income does unfortunately not correlate with a society's quest for knowledge!!! So one can really say that Nigeria despite its low per capita income is doing a lot better in this respect than e.g. the rich Arab oil economies – congratulations for such promising available human capital!