MainOne’s Lagos data centre set to be main PoP for West Africa and international connectivity



Lagos, Nigeria

Edge cloud services provider Zenlayer and data centre services provider MainOne have partnered to expand connectivity between West Africa and international companies.

Zenlayer has announced that it will pave the way for businesses to connect with West Africa’s technological hub in Nigeria.

MainOne’s MDXi Lekki data centre in Lagos, will be the primary point of presence (PoP) for these connections, according to the company.

“We are extremely proud of MDXi Lekki. The data centre has been effective in reducing latency and network delay from 200 ms to 100 ms for businesses that had previously been accessing services through Europe and Singapore,” said MainOne CEO Funke Opeke.

“Within a few years of operation, MDXi has become the go-to destination for global content seeking a home close to the West African users and for local companies who have digitised their operations and are seeking to enable their customers to do business online.”

The MDXi Lekki data centre is set to provide quick entry and scale-up opportunities for international companies looking to establish a presence in West Africa.

“Zenlayer is always looking for partners with deep local expertise,” said Zenlayer CEO and Founder Joe Zhu.


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“MainOne not only has the expertise, they’ve been putting it into practice by deploying multiple PoPs, a 7,000 km submarine cable, and an IP/MPLS network.

“They’re a perfect partner for us as we introduce our clients to the growing West African market.”

The data centre provides interconnection via fibre to over 30 telecom operators in the West African telecom ecosystem and plays host to the West Africa Internet Exchange (WAF-IX) and Nigerian Internet Exchange (IXPN).

“We’re excited to be working with Zenlayer as a partner,” said Director of MDXi Gbenga Adegbiji.

“We want to expand our offerings beyond infrastructure, and Zenlayer’s SD-WAN and Cloud Networking services will be very appealing to our Cloud customers.

“Furthermore, international users will be able to instantly purchase compute and networking services from any of our data centres across the West African data region through Zenlayer’s Customer Portal. It is a win-win for both our companies, and we are very excited about this partnership.”

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