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MainOne, an Equinix Company, Hosts Africa’s Peering Community at AfPIF 2023 in Ghana; Reinforces Commitment to Internet Growth in Africa

Accra, 30 August 2023 – MainOne reinforces its commitment to the growth of internet in Africa by successfully hosting the 12th edition of the African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) in Accra, Ghana last week. The event, co-hosted by the Internet Society (ISOC) and the African IXP Association (AFIX), drew an impressive gathering of global and local industry leaders, regulators and stakeholders advancing Africa’s digital landscape and strengthening connectivity across the continent.

Emmanuel Kwarteng, Ghana’s Country Manager, MainOne, an Equinix Company, emphasized the significance of AfPIF 2023 in fostering collaborations across Africa’s digital ecosystem. “In an era of rapid technological advancement, the Internet and content have emerged as two major pillars of modern society, transcending geographical boundaries and revolutionizing the way we do business, communicate, learn, and interact with the world around us,” stated Kwarteng. “We cannot overemphasize the critical role that peering plays in enhancing the reach, reliability, and efficiency of this new digital lifestyle. By collaborating with the Internet Society on the shared vision of an inclusive and interconnected internet society for the continent, we believe that the transformative partnerships formed here will drive value for a more connected Africa.”

Distinguished speakers at the event included Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghana’s Minister of Communications and Digitization; Prof. Eser Osie-Yeboah Boateng, Deputy Director General of the National Communication Authority, Ghana; and Prof Nii Quaynor, widely known as the Father of Ghana’s internet. The Minister emphasized the need of a robust peering and interconnection ecosystem for the efficient operation of the country’s digital initiatives. “This will permit local traffic and promote ICT, which is crucial for any nation wishing to participate fully in the global Internet economy. It will enhance the end-user experience, bring down access costs, and encourage the growth of regional internet ecosystems,” noted the Minister. She also highlighted the importance of supporting the aggregation of internet traffic at interconnection hubs across Africa, which would attract international operators to establish their points of presence (POPs) in the West African region.

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From L-R; Michuki Mwangi, Regional Development Manager, Africa, ISOC; Prof. Ezer Osei-Yeboah Boateng, Deputy Director General of the National Communication Authority, Ghana; Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne an Equinix Company; Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghana’s Minister of Communications and Digitalisation; Emmanuel Kwarteng, Country Manager, Ghana, MainOne, an Equinix Company at AfPif 2023


MainOne’s role as the host of AfPIF 2023 and its active commitment in fostering interconnections align with its broader mission of driving digital transformation across West Africa. This commitment was further solidified as the Ghana Internet Exchange (GIX) and MainOne, an Equinix Company Ghana firmed up their partnership with an announcement of the extension of the GIX network to the MDXi Appolonia Data Center at the event. MainOne continues to lead with investments in infrastructural development and new Data Center builds across the West African region and is set to launch a new data center in Cote d’Ivoire before the end of this year.


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About MainOne, an Equinix Company:

MainOne, an Equinix Company is a leading West African connectivity and data center solutions provider, recognized for delivering innovative services that empower digital transformation within West Africa and beyond. As an Equinix Company, MainOne is committed to accelerating the growth of digital economies by providing top-tier data center services, network connectivity solutions, and cloud services. The organization’s objectives align with the overarching goal of enhancing Internet accessibility, reliability, and affordability for businesses and individuals. Learn more at: www.mainone.net


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This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, risks to our business and operating results related to the current inflationary environment; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; increased costs to procure power and the general volatility in the global energy market; the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX® and xScale® data centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix products and solutions; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenues from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; risks related to our taxation as a REIT and other risks described from time to time in Equinix filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see recent and upcoming Equinix quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

September 1, 2023

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