Anambra ICT Agency Commences Registration of Internet Service Providers

… Lobbies Netflix, Google, Meta, Others to Host Contents In Anambra State

By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

Anambra State ICT Agency, has commenced the registration of all the 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 Anambra State.

Speaking in his office in Awka, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the ICT Agency, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, urged all to register with the Anambra State ICT Agency, even as he stated that the agency was looking to deepen its relationship with the ISPs and higher institutions.

He underscored the crucial roles they played in the realization of the digitization vision of Governor Chukwuma Soludo.

Agbata explained that the ISPs and higher institutions in Anambra State should endeavour to register as the ICT Agency planned to attract an Internet Exchange Point (IXP), to set up a Point of Presence (PoP) in the state, all geared in the domestication of Internet traffic and localization of content which would eventually create a win-win for all, including the providers and end users.

The ICT Agency boss stated that the agency would also strive to encourage global players in the content space such as Netflix, Google, Meta, etc. to host some of their contents within the state.

‘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,’ Agbata said.

He further revealed that it had also become imperative that the State ICT Agency maintained a comprehensive database of all local internet companies as the state government had signed partnerships that would ensure that high speed broadband became a reality in Anambra State.

According to the statement,  ‘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 stood to gain through this collaboration which includes capacity building, knowledge sharing, ability to scale operations, global partnerships, among others.’