MainOne, the first privately-owned subsea cable in West Africa has blazed the trail with the construction of a new Tier III + Data centre. The plan for the MainOne Data Centre, the largest of its kind in West Africa at 1,500 square meters with a 600 rack capacity was unveiled at the ground breaking ceremony in the Cable Landing Station in Lagos.
The event was witnessed by dignitaries including representatives from LASG, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Captains of Industry, the media and company stakeholders.
Speaking on the project, Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Ms. Funke Opeke said, “We are delighted with this project because of the immense benefits it will provide our customers. Internet penetration has been a huge issue in Nigeria especially to the hinterlands. The new Data Centre will leverage on MainOne’s network which is peered with leading operators and internet exchanges worldwide to provide global reach to our customers across all locations’.
The MainOne CEO also stated that the Data Center, when completed, will have redundancy such that there is no single point of failure within the facility. She added that the MainOne Data Center at Lekki will pave way for the establishment of additional Data Centers and Point of Presence (POPs) across Nigeria and other West African nations.
Also commenting on the MainOne Data Centre, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, MainOne, Folu Aderibigbe said that the project is further proof of MainOne’s commitment to enhance infrastructure within its primary markets. According to him “the MainOne Data Centre will help transform Africa into a digital economy. The project will also aid reduction of information technology costs and risks while enhancing business efficiency and profitability”.
Aderibigbe pointed out that one of the unique features of the MainOne is its direct access to MainOne Metro and International fibre and all the major interconnection with telecom networks in Nigeria and Ghana.
It will be recalled that MainOne recently received a $100 million refinancing facility from Standard Chartered Bank and a consortium of other Nigerian banks to help fund its infrastructure expansion including fibre around the country, metro Lagos, and nationwide POPs.