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19 June 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
MainOne has set up an interconnect service for carriers, enterprises and internet providers, based on its data centre close to Lagos.
The new service, Open-Connect, is designed to facilitate
improved interconnection, collaboration and peering within the
data centre, run by MainOne subsidiary MDXi, and IXPN, the
Nigerian internet exchange.
"This new interconnection service for customers within our data
centre will significantly improve traffic growth and
localisation in Nigeria, with reduced latency, improved speed
and better quality of services to end users," said MainOne CEO
MainOne’s Open-Connect service takes advantage of
the company’s partnership with the Nigerian
Internet Exchange, which provides the exchange with an IPV4/V6
network, backed by diverse backhaul, links across Lagos and
Nigeria. The MDXi data centre – at Lekki,
to the east of Lagos – is directly connected to MainOne’s 1.92Tbps submarine
Open-Connect enables customers to bypass the public internet
and connect directly to partners, cloud and software-as-a-service providers
with secure, reliable and flexible direct connections. MainOne
has connections to internet exchanges in Lagos, Amsterdam,
London and Ghana as well as more than 50 locations across west
"This solution will enable more operators and carriers take
advantage of the connections of the IXPN within
MainOne’s connected data centre and enhance
internet traffic originating and terminating on any network in
Nigeria to remain in-country," said Opeke.
She added: "Traffic growth is a useful indicator of the health
of the entire internet ecosystem, and helps to measure the
development of the digital economy."