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MainOne ramps up data centre capacity in West Africa

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MainOne says it plans to ramp up data centre storage capacity over the next two years in response to demand for its services.

The Lagos, Nigeria-headquartered company plans to increase the capacity of its data centres to about 900 racks next year from just over 700 racks currently, it told news service Bloomberg, and also add an additional 300 racks on top of that by 2023.

Emmanuel Kwarteng, MainOne country manager for Ghana, said the company is building a 130-rack facility in Lagos that will be finished this year, and it also plans to add a 50-rack data centre in Cote de’Ivoire in 2022.

In addition, it is expanding a 100-plus-rack Ghana facility to 400 racks by 2023, he said.

Kwarteng told Bloomberg: “We see the data centre market growing a lot in Ghana and Nigeria, with demand from financial institutions, manufacturers, oil and gas companies and enterprises.”

He added that the firm is looking to extend its services to more countries including Liberia over the next three years, to widen and improve digital infrastructure in the region.

At the back end of last year, MainOne became the first Microsoft Azure Peering Services partner for West Africa.

With the deal MainOne was able to offer enterprises improved performance when accessing Microsoft Cloud applications, such as Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Teams unified communications and other SaaS products and services.

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