Com­ing to West Africa: more data cen­tres

MainOne and Minkels plan to ex­pand West Africa’s largest tier III+ data cen­tre com­pany.

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Plus: tak­ing a look at what

could be next for data cen­tre de­vel­op­ment - and data stor­age in gen­eral on the con­ti­nent.

African con­nec­tiv­ity and data cen­tre and net­work so­lu­tions provider MainOne and data cen­tre sup­plier Minkels have an­nounced plans to build more data cen­tres in West Africa – ex­pand­ing what is al­ready West Africa’s largest tier III+ data cen­tre com­pany.

The plan is to ramp up tech­nol­ogy pen­e­tra­tion in the re­gion by build­ing three new data cen­tre fa­cil­i­ties in Sagamu, Nige­ria, the Ghana­ian cap­i­tal of Ac­cra, and Côte d’Ivoire’s cap­i­tal city, Abid­jan.

The Nige­rian and Ghana­ian fa­cil­i­ties are set to open in 2019, while the Côte d’Ivoire fa­cil­ity is due to open in 2020.

Ac­cord­ing to MainOne CEO Funke Opeke, ICT in­fra­struc­ture investments will sup­port rapid tech­nol­ogy pro­lif­er­a­tion in West Africa. “Given the size of its mar­kets and sta­tus as home of some of Africa’s big­gest economies, West Africa has a van­tage op­por­tu­nity to scale up in­fra­struc­ture de­ploy­ment to sup­port dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion,” she ex­plains. “Tar­geted investments in the re­gion will bridge the gap in dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture and ad­dress the in­creas­ing re­liance on data stor­age.”

Says Minkels CEO Chris­ti­aan van Ter­hei- jden: “We are very proud to be part of the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of West Africa. MainOne is a com­pany that knows how to drive In­ter­net use across West Africa through investments in dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture re­quired to grow the broad­band ecosys­tem in the re­gion. This ben­e­fits both in­hab­i­tants as well as In­ter­net-en­abled busi­ness mod­els across the re­gion.”

MainOne’s data cen­tre sub­sidiary, MDXi, built the re­gion’s largest Tier III fa­cil­ity in 2015. Re­cently, work com­menced on the sec­ond phase of the project, with ad­di­tional investments to con­struct 300 ad­di­tional racks at a fa­cil­ity in Lekki, lo­cated in Nige­ria’s La­gos State.

MDXi is West Africa’s largest full-scale data cen­tre provider, of­fer­ing colo­ca­tion, whole­sale de­ploy­ments, in­ter­con­nec­tion and cloud ser­vices. It also of­fers in­ter­con­nec­tions at mul­ti­ple peer­ing ex­changes in Nige­ria, Ghana, Am­s­ter­dam, and Lon­don.

“Given the size of its mar­kets and sta­tus as home of some of Africa’s big­gest economies, West Africa has a van­tage op­por­tu­nity to scale up in­fra­struc­ture de­ploy­ment to sup­port dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.”

Funke Opeke

MainOne CEO Funke Opeke.

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