27 December 2012

Nigeria: MainOne to Build Full Capacity Data Centre for Nigeria

MainOne Cable Company has said it is considering building a high standard data centre in Nigeria, with full capacity that could accommodate up to 600 racks. The data centre, which will be completed at the end of 2013, is expected to commence full operation in 2014.

When completed, the digital data centre will host data from telecoms operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), who hitherto hosted their data outside the country.

Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Mrs. Funke Opeke, who dropped the hint in Lagos at a media parley to review the company's activities for the year, said the data centre would have full capacity to host large and small volume of sensitive data from small and big organisations.

"Data Centre will boost infrastructure in the country. We will continue to push for open access in infrastructure sharing," she said.

MainOne's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Mr. Babatunde Dada, said the data centre would be a physical data centre that would serve Nigerians in a very special way. He said MainOne would continue to improve on its business, while waiting for government to open up the broadband business landscape that would enable them deliver broadband capacities to Nigerians at a much cheaper rate. "If government opens the broadband landscape, it will enable MainOne go far in broadband service delivery," Dada said.

Speaking on the need to establish a full capacity data centre for Nigeria, Opeke said the landing of MainOne fibre optic cable brought a lot of bandwidth capacity to Nigeria and that a data centre established in Nigeria, would have enough bandwidth to host large volumes of sensitive data from various organisations. "Those organisations that are hosting their data outside the country should begin to make adequate arrangement to re-route their data to Nigeria and get them securely hosted in our planned new data centre for Nigeria," Opeke said.

Speaking on the need to drive broadband penetration in the country, she said the establishment and support for 'Middle Mile' broadband connectivity would help take broadband capacities from the shores of the country to the hinterland, from where the 'Last Mile' broadband connectivity would penetrate homes and offices.

"Last Mile connectivity is still a challenge, even with the avalanche of broadband capacities at the shores of the country. We have a lot of capacities at the shores of the country and we need the 'Middle Mile' connectivity to take broadband to the end users, which is the 'Last Mile' connectivity," Opeke said.

According to her, European communities have fibre to-the-home everywhere and people have access to internet, because both the Middle Mile and the Last Mile, are fully supported by government.

She explained that MainOne would be involved in last mile deployment of broadband capacity for large and small corporations and at the same time still support operators that are involved in broadband deployment.

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