Anambra State Government will on 30 March host a stakeholders’ forum to begin a conversation on ways to deepen broadband infrastructure use in the State.
Federal and state officials as well as diplomats, investors, and industry associations are expected at the virtual forum which will kick off by 2.00 p.m.
The theme of the Forum is “Facilitating Broadband Access in Anambra State through a Favourable Right of Way Regime.”
The State had in June 2020 waived charges for Right of Way (RoW) for fibre optic cable deployment, from N600 per linear meter to Zero Naira.
The slash was part of the State’s “Integrated Urban Regeneration Initiative,” designed to reverse infrastructure decline in urban and semi-urban areas.
Officials said the programme would also boost digital infrastructure rollout to towns and communities, diversify the economy, and leverage digital services for commerce, education, innovation, manufacturing and eGoverment.
Federal officials, including Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, have praised Anambra’s commitment to a Digital Economy.
Chair of the State Physical Planning Board (ANSPPB), Barr. Chike Maduekwe, said the forum is in line with the strategy to create a robust and sustainable digital economy for Anambra State.
He described Broadband Infrastructure Development programme as a subset of the “Anambra State Integrated Urban Regeneration Initiative.
Anambra State is ready for broadband infrastructure investments, he said.
“Anambra State Government has drawn inspiration from the Federal Government’s efforts and initiatives, but also recognizes that it needs the support of players in the ecosystem, for a success of its broadband rollout programme in the State.
We envisage that high level involvement and participation in our planned Stakeholders’ Forum is a critical first step in this direction”, he explained.