Zenlayer and MainOne expand connections in West Africa

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Zenlayer and MainOne have partnered to greatly expand connectivity between West Africa and international companies.

Zenlayer will use MDXi Lekki, MainOne’s Tier III data centre in Lagos, as the primary point of presence (PoP) for these connections. The data centre will provide quick entry and scale-up opportunities for international companies looking to establish a presence in West Africa.

“We are extremely proud of MDXi Lekki. The data centre has been effective in reducing latency and network delay from 200ms to 100ms for businesses that had previously been accessing services through Europe and Singapore,” said Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne.

“Within a few years of operation, MDXi has become the go-to destination for global content seeking a home close to the West African users and for local companies who have digitised their operations and are seeking to enable their customers do business online.”

The Tier III MDXi Lekki data centre provides world-class interconnection via fibre to over 30 telecom operators in the West African telecom ecosystem and plays host to the West Africa Internet Exchange (WAF-IX) and Nigerian Internet Exchange (IXPN).

“Zenlayer is always looking for partners with deep local expertise,” said Joe Zhu (pictured), CEO and founder of Zenlayer.

“MainOne not only has the expertise, they’ve been putting it into practice by deploying multiple PoPs, a 7,000km submarine cable, and an IP/MPLS network. They’re a perfect partner for us as we introduce our clients to the growing West African market.”

Internet growth in Africa has seen a massive uptake in recent years. Back in 2005 only 2% of population had access to the internet, as of August 2019 this increased to 40%.

 “We want to expand our offerings beyond infrastructure, and Zenlayer’s SD-WAN and Cloud Networking services will be very appealing to our Cloud customers,” said Gbenga Adegbiji, director of MDXi.

“Furthermore, international users will be able to instantly purchase compute and networking services from any of our data centres across the West African data region through Zenlayer’s Customer Portal.”