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MainOne Telecom firm launches MDX-i, West Africa's largest Tier III Data Centre in Lagos

The firm also announced that the facility was built and designed to international TIA 942 standards, and will be managed under a new subsidiary branded as MDX-i.

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Nigeria's Minister of Communications Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson (centre) cutting the ribbon at the MainOne MDX-i Tier III Data Centre launch in Lekki, Lagos. play

Nigeria's Minister of Communications Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson (centre) cutting the ribbon at the MainOne MDX-i Tier III Data Centre launch in Lekki, Lagos.

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MainOne, one of the major providers of telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa, launched its Teir III Data Centre in Lekki, Lagos State yesterday, January 15, 2015, to meet the demand for Colocation, Cloud and Disaster Recovery Services in West Africa.

The firm also announced that the facility was built and designed to international TIA 942 standards, and will be managed under a new subsidiary branded as MDX-i.

MainOne Chairman, Fola Adeola, who spoke at the launch, emphasized on the company's commitment to nurture the growth and impact of the Internet ecosystem through the provision of high-quality infrastructure to power businesses and governments across West Africa.

Funke Opeke, MainOne Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are delighted to launch West Africa's largest and best-connected data center.  This reaffirms our capabilities in meeting the needs of business for reliable connectivity and data center services in a dynamic and fast paced global economy."

Also present at the launching ceremony was Nigeria's Minister of Communications Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson. She stressed that the resulting telecommunications revolution and the estimated $ 30 billion in direct investments realized is testament to the success of the policy and the robustness of the associated regulatory environment.

Johnson added that the need to continue to invest in broadband infrastructure to deliver ubiquitous internet for all Nigerians is unarguable but there is also a need for infrastructure investments in essential complementary services that are critical to delivering enhanced, cost efficient access to the internet.

"Today a disproportionate amount of the data generated by our increasingly technology-dependent economy is stored outside of this country denying the local providers of data storage and business applications recovery service offerings of revenues and opportunities to scale up their service offerings."

She said too many of the websites that are visited daily and almost solely by Nigerians were hosted offshore the critical switching of local internet traffic was done by internet exchanges outside of the country. This adds to the cost and response time when local users access these websites.

"It is therefore with great excitement that I am here to witness the commissioning of Main One's Tier III data centre. This data centre, representing an investment of $ 40 Million, is the largest of its kind in West Africa at 1 500 square meters and a 600-rack capacity.

"This data center also represents a significant addition of professionally designed, delivered and managed data hosting capacity that will improve the Internet services available to companies in Nigeria and the sub Region," she said.

MDX-i's Tier III Lekki Data Center is the first of many planned data centers by the company in Nigeria.  It is a N7 Billion investment and has capacity for 600 racks.  The data center provides corporate customers with world class colocation, cloud and managed Services and the first set of customers will enjoy services starting from next week.

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