Etisalat launches 3rd. Data Centre in Nigeria capital Abuja

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In late May 2015, Etisalat Nigeria launched a new data center in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. There are already several data centres of scale in Nigeria's commercial centre Lagos but this is the first of what will undoubtedly be several, writes Balancing Act's Senior Analyst, Sylvain Beletre.

Speaking at the launch of the Data Centre, the Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher said that the investment was made to ensure that the customers’ experience on the network is seamless and hassle-free.

”Our goal is to create more value for our customers by improving quality, reduce costs, introduce innovation and increase speed of delivery. This data centre will ensure that we remain innovative and that our customers will have continuity of service” he said.

He explained that the Data Centre is built to international standards with uninterrupted power supply in a fireproof and secure environment to guarantee efficient data backup capacity and to safely store and access critical data and IT equipment.

Chineze Amanfo, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Division at Etisalat Nigeria added: "Our new data centre is a Tier 2 and half of it with the ability to co-locate about 270 third party racks. We have other centers spread across the country all equipped to reinforce service quality to the over 22.5 million customers on our network as well as potential customers."

The latest investment will see Etisalat move up its level of redundancy and overall service quality as the company already has a data centre in Lagos and Kano State.

"This new center is added to the list of 17 commercial data centers (open to external clients) available in the country" confirms Sylvain Belêtre, co-author of a report on data centers in Africa.

According to local observers, the banking, oil and gas, and other multinational companies require fast transmission rates, facilities and secure digital storage, and turn away from managing their own data centers internally to move towards outsourcing of this activity from commercial operators.

In recent years Balancing Act has witnessed an unprecedented increase in the number of data center operators in Nigeria. Independent operators like Rack Centre, MDX-Lekki (operated by MainOne), and CWG (Computer Warehouse Group) are taking on mobile operator-run data centres from Etissalat and MTN among others. Healthy competition is heating up...


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