Tuesday, October 17, 2017

China Mobile is buying colocation space ahead of mass scale Pan African expansion

Company vows “to meet the growing demands in the international telecommunications market” as it enters Africa.

One of Asia’s largest telecommunications companies China Mobile International Limited (CMI) is to use African data centre operator Djibouti Data Center as it begins its expansion into the continent.

Selecting Djibouti Data Center, CMI, the subsidiary of China Mobile Ltd, is the company’s latest move to facilitate its global network expansion, colocation and undersea fiber cable access services in east Africa.

The data centre operator will support CMI to establish cable head access, cross-connect, and colocation facilities directly adjacent to Djibouti Telecom’s cable landing station.

Djibouti Data Center has become CMI’s first deployment in Africa, with the company hitting that more expansion is to come “to meet the growing demands in the international telecommunications market”.

Djibouti Data Center’s CEO Anthony Voscarides said: “We are very pleased that China Mobile International will be joining the carrier neutral DDC ecosystem.

“The addition of CMI further establishes the DDC ecosystem as the leading carrier neutral data centre hub in east Africa serving global and regional telco’s, MNOs, ISPs, and content providers.”

“Serving partners such as CMI in the neutral DDC ecosystem supports our mutual objective of making a significant contribution to Africa’s digital evolution, and will most certainly contribute to the economic development and social well-being of the region.”