Cybercafe operators in Abuja have complained that since the advent of smart phones, the level of patronage has reduced drastically.
The operators said on Thursday that the use of smart phones by majority of the populace had negatively affected patronage resulting to many closing shop.
A cybercafe operator, Mr Hector Ajero in Area 10 Shopping Complex, Abuja said that since smart phones entered the market “business is no longer the way it used to be”.
He said that before the advent of smart phones, business was a lot better and interesting “unlike now that everyone has the facility to access the internet conveniently’’.
Mr Christian Okpara, another cybercafe operator said, “the business is really tough now as sales are no more like there were.”
He said, “People no longer come for our internet services, we recharge the internet just for recharging sake because people rarely come to browse.
“What we do more with our internet is online registration for JAMB, WAEC, Post-UTME and job recruitment and all these are seasonal.”
For Mrs Faith Deke, another cybercafe operator, the competition between cybercafes was high now because people do their works on their phones.