Leading provider of innovative telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa, MainOne, Thursday announced the opening of its premier Tier III Lekki Data Center. The Data Centre, valued at N7 billion ($37.7 million), is aimed at addressing the growing demand for Colocation, Cloud and Disaster Recovery Services in West Africa.
The Nigerian company explained that the purpose built facility designed to international TIA 942 standards will be managed under a new subsidiary branded as MDX-i. It is fitted with capacity for 600 racks.
“We are delighted to launch West Africa’s largest and best-connected data center,” said Funke Opeke, MainOne’s Chief Executive Officer at the launch in Lagos, Nigeria. “This reaffirms our capabilities in meeting the needs of business for reliable connectivity and data center services in a dynamic and fast paced global economy.”
Chairman of the company, Fola Adeola reiterated the company’s commitment to nurture the growth and impact of the Internet ecosystem through the provision of high-quality infrastructure to power businesses and governments across West Africa.
During a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring the Nigeria’s Minister of Communications Technology, Omobola Johnson, as well as other notable industry leaders, the facility was declared opened and ready for service for Enterprises & Government in West Africa.
“Availability of world class Data centers in Nigeria is critical infrastructure required for the implementation of our Broadband initiatives,” Johnson said.
She described MainOne’s accomplishment as significant, as it provides an outsourcing and cost effective model to further drive ICT adoption.
MainOne says it plans to establish many data centres in Nigeria after MDX-i’s Tier III Lekki Data Center. The company said that the first set of customers will start enjoying services from next week.