MainOne to build new data centre in Ghana

MainOne to build new data centre in Ghana

27 September 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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MainOne has announced the expansion of its data centre brand, MDXI, into Accra, Ghana with the launch of a new facility.

The news comes as part of the company’s West African expansion plans, building on MainOne’s existing infrastructure and service profile in Ghana.

Based in Appolonia City, the new facility is to be a mixed-use development located 20km from the centre of Accra and is due for completion in Q4 of 2020. The facility will meet the growing demand for colocation and interconnection services for multinational and local businesses.

“As an organisation committed to providing broadband infrastructure solutions across West Africa, we are excited to make this investment to support the digitisation journey of our customers with the new data centre facility,” said Kazeem Oladepo (pictured), regional executive, MainOne. “Over the past few years, we have grown our business in Ghana to serve major enterprises and we are delighted to bring our world-class data centre expertise to deepen the Ghanaian market. The Ghanaian economy continues to build industrial capacity to show strong economic growth and we need to deploy our best solutions to service the market.”

The Tier III facility will be constructed on 4,047sqm of land and built to international standards. The 100-rack facility will give customers the opportunity to host infrastructure in a facility guaranteed to deliver high levels of availability and connectivity to a global network. As with other MDXi’s infrastructure the new facility will feature private data centre suites, enterprise-grade 24x7 multi-level security and video surveillance, precision cooling, safety and fire suppression systems with multiple redundancies built into the power, cooling and security infrastructure.

Additionally, the new site will offer open access connectivity options to all the leading telecoms networks in Ghana and direct access to MainOne and other subsea cable systems. The facility will offer access to various Internet Exchanges including the GIX (Ghana), IXPN (Nigeria), LINX (London), DECIX (Frankfurt/Lisbon), and Cote d’Ivoire Internet Exchange (CIVIX), as well as the West Africa Internet Exchange (WAF-IX).

“Based on our strong track record as the preferred commercial data centre in West Africa, it is with great pleasure that we announce the expansion of our MDXi footprint in Ghana,” added Gbenga Adegbiji, director, MDXi. “This expansion will see MDXi contributing to the growth of the local economy by providing jobs, enhancing capacity development and economic growth. Most importantly, it ensures that we are fully equipped and positioned to serve more businesses in Ghana as the region continues to grow its digital economy.”

In addition, Bright Owosu-Amofah, CEO of Appolonia City, confirmed that partnerships like the one with MainOne will “drive industrialisation and social infrastructure” adding that it would drive “the economic growth and viability of Appolonia City, and also be the backbone for a connected ICT ecosystem”.