The African data center market is growing, attracting major global firms. Local players are investing in the construction of data centers to meet the strong demand for digital services and take advantage of market opportunities.
Telecom operator Airtel Nigeria on Tuesday (April 12th) launched a new state-of-the-art Tier 3 commercial data center in Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria. The new installation will notably allow the subsidiary of the Indian Bharti Airtel to provide cloud services to companies and public establishments throughout the country.
Airtel Nigeria’s data center has multiple paths for power and cooling, as well as redundant systems that allow staff to work on the facility without taking it offline. It is based on superior technology which allows it to operate efficiently in the tropical climate of Nigeria.
According to Surendran Chemmenkotil, Chairman and CEO of Airtel Nigeria, the investment in the new data center meets the company’s overarching goal of promoting digital inclusion and creating unfettered access and opportunities for entrepreneurs, businesses and other organizations. The company also wants to support the digital transformation needs of the country and the people. The launch of the new infrastructure comes a few days after the company MainOne inaugurated its “Lekki II” data center in the same city.
“ Through our data center, businesses will benefit from uninterrupted power and hypersecure storage for servers and data transmission equipment for establishments of various sizes in the private and public sectors ,” said Ogo Ofomata, the Director of Airtel Business at Airtel Nigeria. The new infrastructure is also expected to help advance trade and develop the country’s economy, promoting growth and prosperity for entrepreneurs and consumers.