MainOne eyes W’Africa’s market with MXD-i
WITH the formal unveiling of its N7 billion Data Centre named MXD-I, MainOne Cables has informed of plans to take on the whole of West Africa with the facility.
MainOne said the facility; a Tier III Data Center will address the growing demand for colocation, cloud and disaster recovery services in West Africa.
In addition, MainOne announced that the purpose built facility designed to international TIA 942 standards would be managed under a new subsidiary branded as MDX-i.
Speaking at the launch, the Chairman of MainOne, 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.
Chief Executive Officer, MainOne, Funke Opeke said, “We are delighted to launch West Africa’s largest and best-connected data center. 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”
At the unveiling, the Minister of Communications Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson, as well as other notable industry leaders, posited that the facility will go a long a way bridge gaps in the Information and Communications Technology sector in Nigeria and other part of West Africa.
Johnson, said that the launch of MDX-I data center facility is a notable accomplishment that complements initiatives required to further drive the realization of the National broadband plan Nigeria.
“Availability of world class Data centers in Nigeria is critical infrastructure required for the implementation of our Broadband initiatives. The accomplishment by MainOne is indeed significant as it provides an outsourcing and cost effective model to further drive ICT adoption.”
MDX-i’s Tier III Lekki Data Center is the first of many planned data centers by the company in Nigeria. It is a N7 billion investment and has capacity for 600 racks. The data center provides corporate customers with colocation, cloud and managed services. The management informed that the first set of customers will enjoy services starting from next week.
In her contribution, Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Olushola Oworu noted that the facility will not only improve ICT in the country, but also bridge unemployment, stressing that already, it has started employing hundreds of people.
Oworu said Lagos government will try by all means to create an environment that will boost business development, especially for private operators.