Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Anambra State ICT Agency, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata has urged all local internet companies known as Internet Service Providers, ISPs, and other local network operators, as well as all higher educational institutions, who provide one form of internet service or the other in the State to register with the Agency.
Agbata in a statement on Monday in Awka, said the agency is looking forward to deepening its relationship with the ISPs and higher institutions, having underscored the crucial roles they play in the realization of the digitization vision of Mr Governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo.
He said the Agency would also strive to encourage global players in the content space such as Netflix, Google, Meta etc. to host some of their content within the state.
The statement reads, “The ISPs and higher institutions in Anambra State should endeavour to register as the ICT Agency plans to attract an Internet Exchange Point (IXP), to set up a Point of Presence (PoP) in the state all geared domestication of Internet traffic and localization of content which will eventually create a win-win for all including the providers and end users.
“Overall, we believe that this would enable ISPs, educational institutions, and network operators within the state to access internet bandwidth at a much cheaper rate.”
While underscoring the need for the Agency to maintain a comprehensive database of all local internet companies, Agbata revealed that the State Government had signed partnerships that would ensure high speed broadband became a reality in the State.
“The Agency understands how strategic the ISPs are to the achievement of the ‘Everything Technology and Technology Everywhere’ mantra of Mr Governor and is emphatic about the multiple benefits that all registered organisations stand to gain through this collaboration which includes capacity building, knowledge sharing, ability to scale operations, global partnerships, among others,” the statement added.