Our Company History
1995 - Establishment of Company
The first attempt at introducing Internet in Nigeria was made through the UNESCO sponsored Regional Informatics Networks for Africa (RINAF) project, in 1995. At one of the several workshops that were held to propagate the idea of the Internet, the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) was formed as a non-profit, non-governmental organisation with the primary aim and objective of promoting and facilitating access to the Internet in Nigeria.
1996-2000 - The Existence of Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
Towards the end of the 90s, several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) came into existence and amongst them are Linkserve, Cyberspace, Hyperia, Infoweb, PINET, Skannet, Steineng, and lots more.
2000 - The Transformation
ISPs in Nigeria started having problems with the PTT; they formed the “Committee of ISPs” to fight for the reduction in the costs of Internet access. These efforts were successful. Initially, there were only 8 companies involved in the initiative, in June, a meeting was held at the Sheraton Hotel. This meeting was very well attended and attracted the majority of ISPs in Nigeria, this later transformed into the formation of the Internet Service Providers of Nigeria (ISPAN). Lanre Ajayi of PINET, one of the pioneer ISPs in Nigeria, played an important role in the establishment of both NIG and ISPAN.
The idea of an Internet exchange point was first discussed at this meeting but the level of suspicion between ISPs was very high and so the group at the meeting decided that it would be imperative to hold a workshop aimed at educating the ISPs on issues of co-operation and specifically the benefits of Internet Exchange points
2002 - The idea of Setting up Branches Nationwide
Sunday Folayan and Fisayo Adeleke, of Skannet (GDES Ltd.) and Steineng Ltd., two Ibadan based ISPs, raised the idea of setting up the Ibadan Internet exchange, Ib-IX.
2003 - The First Attempt at an IXP in Nigeria
March – The first attempt at an Internet exchange point (IXP) in Nigeria, Ibadan Internet Exchange (Ib-IX) eventually came alive, with a layer-2 infrastructure, precisely, a 24-port 10/100Mbit/s switch and a route server. The maximum recorded traffic between these two ISPs was 102Kbit/s.
2005 - ISPAN Started Discussion
April – ISPAN started a discussion on the setting up of Lagos Internet Exchange (LagosIX), which was expected to be managed by an independent entity to be set up by ISPAN.
2006 - The Birth of IXPN
The Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), under the leadership of Dr. Bashir Gwandu the then acting Executive Vice Chairman’ approved a proposal to partly fund the setting-up of Internet eXchange Points (IXPs) in Nigeria, with a collaboration between NCC and ISPAN. The IXPN will operate from NECOM House (Marina, Lagos) as its main location; with sub-locations at Victoria Island, Ikeja, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Enugu, Kano & Maiduguri.
2011 - Commissioning of the IXPN head office
This marked the commissioning of the IXPN head office now located at 8th Floor, NCR building, 6 Broad Street, Lagos. The commissioning which was held on the 17th January, 2010 was presided over by the Executive Vice Chairman(EVC) of NCC, Dr. Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah. Also present was the immediate past EVC, Engr Ernest Ndukwe, some senior staff of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), our Board of Directors (BOD), our members, stakeholders in the ICT sector, media etc