PCCW Global partners with Djibouti Data Center for pan-African expansion

16 November 2016 | James Pearce

PCCW Global has selected the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) as it looks to drive its network expansion and provision colocation and undersea fibre cable services in East Africa.

The tier three data centre connects with the new Asia-Africa-Europe-1 subsea cable (AAE-1), which is due to go live next year and is backed by a consortium which includes PCCW Global.

AAE-1 will cover 25,000km and utilise 100G connectivity, offering more than 40Tb of capacity. It will connect Djibouti with Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar,India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.

Mr. Jordick Wong, SVP product and vendor management for PCCW Global, said: "The DDC is an important element of our wider pan-African development and expansion plans. The addition of AAE-1 to PCCW Global’s existing undersea fibre cable assets in the region will enable us to provide even more robust services, along with lower latency and increased diversity, boosting services levels for our customers."

The DDC is one of the only tier three carrier-neutral data centres I the region with connections to fibre systems including EIG, EASSy, Aden-Djibouti, Ethiopia-Djibouti, and the upcoming SEA-ME-WE-5, which is expected to go live later this year.

It also operates the Djibouti Internet Exchange (DjIX), which offers neutral internet services in East Africa.

DDC CEO Anthony Voscarides said: "The addition of AAE-1 cable system further establishes DDC as the leading carrier neutral data centre hub in East Africa serving global and regional Telco’s, MNOs, ISPs, and CDN providers.

"We are very pleased that PCCW Global will be joining the DDC ecosystem, as it further enables the development and introduction of new services that will help drive economic and social well-being in the region."

Topics: PCCW Global, Djibouti Data Center, AAE-1, ubsea cable, data centre, fibre, Sea-Me-We-5