NTT to launch colocation services in South Africa after Nexcenter expansion

29 November 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Pan-African telecoms service provider, Internet Solutions, is to deliver NTT Communications’ Nexcenter data centre service, which will include colocation services from next month.

The partnership with the NTT Com South African-based subsidiary, signed on November 27, will enable enterprise customers in Asia, Europe and the US, which are expanding their business into South Africa being able to utilise NTT Com’s data centre services, and vice versa with South African enterprise customers being able to utilise NTT Com's 140+ data centres around the globe.

The colocation market in South Africa has recently experienced average growth of 12% per year as a result of increasing demand by government agencies and content service providers. As a result of this partnership, NTT Com and Internet Solutions will launch colocation services in December of this year.

"Internet Solutions is pleased to join this international network of top-standard data centres,” said Saki Missaikos, managing director of Internet Solutions.

“As the first Nexcenter location in Africa, we present attractive service and technological capability to multinational companies looking to expand into the region.”

The colocation services launch will be under the Nexcenter brand at Internet Solutions' Parklands data centre located in the heart Johannesburg’s main business district. The data centre will deliver globally-standardised Nexcenter service, meeting more than 300 standards governing facilities and operations, and the building's network topology incorporates an internet exchange (IX) point, improving routing efficiency and fault tolerance. 

The facility is built to meet TIA942 Tier 3, SOC2 Type2, Type1 and ISO27001 standards. It is planned to expand the building through the addition of a new tower wholly designed by the facility standards of Nexcenter to provide 570 high density racks with 2.2 MW power in July 2018.

In addition to continuing to build its own data centres, NTT Com will further expand the geographical availability of Nexcenter through collaboration with its worldwide partners, allowing it to continue supporting its customers' global business expansion.

NTT Com was in the news earlier this month when it was announced that it had teamed up with Dimension Data to create a single 'cloud powerhouse', bringing their cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities and 'cloud experts' together under NTT Com's management.