Visakhapatnam: A team of National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) on Friday visited the city to conduct a feasibility study for setting up its centre here.
They met members of Information Technology Association of Andhra Pradesh (ITAAP) who convinced them on the vast potential the city offered and the former agreed to recommend setting up of the centre here, according to ITAAP president Narayana and its advisory board chairman O Naresh Kumar.
NIXI business development manager Nikhil and Technical manager Abhishek from Delhi met captains of IT industry MP Dubey from STPI, Subbarao, centre head of SAMEER, along with representatives of leading Internet Service Providers (ISP).
“We informed them that our bulk consumers of APEPDCL and GVMC and banks and railway booking would need higher quality of internet. There are 16 A category ISP and about 60 B&C category ISP in our city who buy huge data and distribute to corporate and retail consumers. Also, over 150 IT companies are in the city and over 13,000 new seats allotted under BPO scheme of Central Government our city which is also home to 13,000 registered
MSME units with the Central Government and all of them now had to go digital to file GST and TDS returns. They will greatly benefit with low-cost high quality internet,” Naresh Kumar told them.
NIXI officials explained that if all the ISPs connect to their data centre here, the cost would reduce by 30 to 40 per cent depending on number of members and the quality would increase and latency would improve from 40 millisecond to 5 millisecond thereby boosting speeds and efficiency. They also said they would locate in the STPI premises at Visakhapatnam if IT department agreed.