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AFR-IX telecom sets up major POP in West Africa's Rack Centre

Africa , 11 Feb 2021

Global ISP AFR-IX, providing internet and data services to over 50 countries in Africa, has established its major Point of Presence (POP) in Rack Centre, West Africa’s leading carrier neutral Tier III datacentre.

AFR-IX Founder and Chief Executive Norman Albi commented on Nigeria as a strategic location: “We needed a top-notch carrier neutral datacentre facility for our services and connectivity solutions. Rack Centre satisfied our requirements for providing world-class Tier III certified datacentre and datacentre interconnection to our clients, especially in the West Africa sub-region.”

Rack Centre recently announced a US$100-million expansion plan, as part of the US$250-million that UK-based equity firm Actis set aside for datacentre investments in Africa.

Actis recently took a majority stake in Rack Centre.

Dr Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director of Rack Centre, said the investment has immensely impacted and reinforced Rack Centre’s global brand and enables its rapid expansion to realise the market potential for high quality datacentres in the region.

AFR-IX telecom group ranked at Number 344 in the Financial Times 1000 and recognised in the 2020 annual list of Europe’s fastest growing companies.

Coker added that it was a “delight welcoming AFR-IX to the array of local and global clients hosting in Rack Centre carrier neutral datacentre. We will do our utmost as we do with all our clients to deliver outstanding services for AFR-IX to serve its customers in Africa and beyond.

Management claim that Rack Centre’s non-affiliation with any telecommunications carrier or Internet Service Providers unlocks access to multiple connectivity providers- over 40 carriers, ISPs and content distribution networks to choose from.”

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