MainOne, one of Nigeria’s leading providers of telecoms services and network solutions for business, has announced the opening of their Tier III Lekki Data Centre, which will address the demand for co-location, cloud, and disaster recovery services in West Africa.
The data centre is a purpose-built facility which has been designed to international TIA 942 standards and will be the largest commercial, vendor-neutral data centre in West Africa, servicing enterprises and governments in the region.
The N7 billion (US$ 37 million) facility has a capacity for 600 racks, and will be managed under a new subsidiary, branded as MDX-i.
According to MainOne CEO, Funke Opeke, the company built the data centre to provide critical infrastructure for businesses across West Africa that are increasingly moving into the digital space.
“We are delighted to launch West Africa’s largest and best-connected data centre. This reaffirms our capabilities in meeting the needs of business for reliable connectivity and data centre services in a dynamic and fast paced global economy” Funke said.
The Minister of Communications Technology in Nigeria, Dr Omobola Johnson, has commended the opening of the data centre, saying, “The centre represents the highest level of security and confidence in the ICT private sector and it is expected to boost local content and create local industry participation in the ICT industry. It is a step to building a digital economy for the country,”
The centre, which is the first of many planned data centres in Nigeria for MainOne, has access to the MainOne and other submarine cables to enable direct international connectivity and access to leading major internet exchanges and content providers worldwide.