MDXi joins Data Centre leaders and Uptime Institute to discuss Africa’s digital transformation

10 August 2018

Computing

LAGOS, Nigeria, July 31, 2018/ -- West Africa’s leading data centre company, MDXi (www.MDX-I.com) has reiterated the importance of edge data centres to enable African consumers enjoy improved online experiences with much reduced latency, while significantly reducing transit costs. The company’s General Manager responsible for its West African expansion, Gbenga Adegbiji quotes an ACG Research (a Telecoms analyst and consulting firm) report that estimates that caching content locally in a metro with a population of about 1 million can lead to a 50 percent cost reduction over the long-haul transport method, within a five-year span.

Speaking during his plenary presentation on the topic ‘Deploying at the Edge - Bringing content closer to West African eyeballs”, during the just concluded Data Centre Dynamics Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Adegbiji challenged the continent’s leading content and application providers to take advantage of the growing edge data centre ecosystem to exchange traffic on the continent, noting that this would significantly lower costs, improve performance of the existing content ecosystem and enable new technology use cases in Africa such as Electronic Gaming, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.

According to him, Africa boasts some of the biggest opportunities; a population of 1.3billion people, the fastest growing digital consumer market, estimated to reach 600 million within the next seven years and 6-7% GDP growth by 2020. He emphasized that most of the typical concerns about Africa have been resolved; local data centres have leapfrogged power supply issues by bypassing traditional transmission and distribution bottlenecks with direct grid connections; local colocation facilities are being built to meet hyperscale requirements and a few indigenous data centres sport industry awards and global recognitions such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS), Uptime Institute’s Tier III Constructed Facility certification (TCCF,) as well as ISO 9001 and 27001 certifications. Mr. Adegbiji also noted the increased investments and growth in last-mile fibre infrastructure and the rise of home-grown companies building open-access networks to foster interconnection opportunities.    

Source: Press Release