By Chinedu James
MainOne has announced plans to build new data centres of MDXI in Sagamu, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana; Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire in addition to an ongoing expansion of its Lekki Data Centre in Lagos, which is currently the largest purpose built data centre in West Africa.
This is coming as part of its plans to accelerate technology penetration in the region, even as it has also announced plans to continue to invest in infrastructural projects as well as build new Tier III data centres in each of these locations over the next ten years.
The Executive Officer of MainOne, Ms. Funke Opeke stressed that investments in ICT infrastructure will aid the rapid technology proliferation as there are untapped investment opportunities in the region while also pledging the company’s dedication to continue in its drive for the digital transformation of West Africa.
“Given the size of its market and status as home of some of Africa’s biggest economies, West Africa has a vintage opportunity to adopt infrastructure development to scale up its industrialization.
“Targeted investments in the region will bridge the gap for digital transformation and address the increasing reliance on data collection,” said Opeke.
MDXI, the data centre subsidiary of MainOne built the region’s largest Tier III facility in 2015 for $35m and has embarked on the second phase of the project, investing an additional $8m to construct 300 additional racks in its Lekki facility.
The West Africa’s leading connectivity and data centre solutions provider said it has set in motion, its goal to develop data centres and revamp the technological ecosystem across West Africa with the launch of its new Tier III data centre project in Sagamu by Q4 2018, Ghana in 2019 and Cote I’voire in 2020.