Liquid Telecom eyes datacentre expansion in Ghana, Nigeria
Strive Masiyiwa, Executive Chairman of the Liquid Telecom Group, confirmed that plans are at an advanced stage to enter West Africa and said: “We have secured land to build the largest datacentres in Ghana and Nigeria.”
Masiyiwa’s confirmation was included in an announcement by Africa Data Centres, the pan-African network of interconnected, carrier-and cloud-neutral datacentres, that its deal to acquire a Tier IV datacentre in Johannesburg from Standard Bank has been unconditionally approved by the South African Competition Commission.
Africa Data Centres, part of the Liquid Telecom Group, believes the acquisition will prove highly disruptive to the South African datacentre and co-location market, and added that the facility is available on an open-access basis, giving every modern technology-driven enterprise the confidence to innovate and grow.
Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres, said the facility will redefine the datacentre experience for regional, continental and global customers. “The acquisition marks a significant extension to Africa Data Centres’ pan-Africa network of interconnected, carrier and cloud-neutral datacentres.”
Jörg Fischer of Standard Bank added, “Standard Bank is extremely pleased to have completed this historic milestone with Africa Data Centres, which is aligned with the Bank’s cloud-first digital transformation strategy. Our digital vision is to bring innovation into every aspect of the bank’s IT systems, transform the employee experience and in turn enable a consistently rich and rewarding customer experience.”
In line with all Africa Data Centres’ facilities, the Johannesburg site will also operate on a fully carrier-and cloud-neutral basis.
The unveiling of this remarkable facility coincides with an unprecedented level of demand from national, continental and global customers, expecting the highest levels of quality, security and reliability, according to the companies.
In response to this demand, Africa Data Centres has also started work on a further 10MW IT capacity facility at its Midrand campus.