Djibouti Data Center (DDC) is Selected by MTN For Africa Gateway and Hubbing Services


The Djibouti Data Center (DDC) has announced that it has been selected by MTN, to serve as an Africa gateway point of presence in its global MPLS VPN network.  MTN will leverage the Djibouti Data Center’s strategic position in East Africa as the major meeting point for undersea fiber optic cable systems connecting Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, to Africa.

“The DDC is located just meters from the new Djibouti Telecom cable landing station, and offers MTN the opportunity for unique collocation facilities, cable head backhaul and cross connect services, and Internet Exchange services in one of the fastest growing regions in the world,” says Anthony Voscarides, CEO of the DDC.  “We are pleased that MTN has selected the DDC to support its market leading network expansion across the continent of Africa.”

MTN ‘s MPLS VPN service will extend to over 20 countries by the end of the year, and a further 32 countries by 2014.  As a result, customers across several sectors including financial services, logistics, gas and oil, manufacturing and retail, will be able to outsource their Wide Area Network (WAN) and Local Area Network (LAN) requirements. By establishing a strategic point of presence at the DDC, MTN will be able expand operations in the continent, and is able to further leverage its undersea cable investments to better serve its 24 operations across Africa and the Middle East.

The DDC offers mobile network operators, global voice and data carriers, and CDN providers, a new opportunity to establish unique cross connect access and collocation facilities directly adjacent to Djibouti Telecom’s cable landing station supporting seven different cable systems connecting Europe, the Middle East and Asia with markets in Africa. These include SeaMeWe3, Aden-Djibouti, EASSy/WIOC, SEACOM, EIG, Djibouti – Ethiopia, Djibouti- Somalia cable systems. The strategic geographical location of the DDC offers service providers a new opportunity to reduce global network operating costs and greatly improve network resilience, latency and performance by accessing a dedicated data center facility in East Africa.  The DDC provides the capabilities to install, operate, and manage equipment and vital services in support of establishing an operator’s local and regional network in Africa.