West Africa’s connectivity and data center services provider MainOne, has officially commenced the construction of its MDXi facility, sited in Appolonia City, Ghana.

MDXi, the data center subsidiary of MainOne, will build and operate the Tier III data center. The building of the new Ghana facility has now commenced, as the government of Ghana eases the COVID 19 spurred movement restriction in Accra, which is about 20 kilometers from the data center site.

The company first announced the new data center facility towards the end of last year with plans to cater to the increasing demand for colocation and interconnection services from multinationals and local businesses.

“As an organization committed to providing broadband infrastructure solutions across West Africa, we are excited to make this investment to support the digitization journey of our customers with the new data center facility” said Kazeem Oladepo, Regional Executive, MainOne – in the first announcement.

“Over the past few years, we have grown our business in Ghana to serve major enterprises and we are delighted to bring our world-class data center expertise to deepen the Ghanaian market. The Ghanaian economy continues to build industrial capacity to show strong economic growth and we need to deploy our best solutions to service the market”

The facility sits on a 4,047 square meter land, and will feature 100 racks, as well as private colocation whitespace. As a carrier neutral facility, the data center offers open connectivity access to all MNOs, ISPs, corporate and public sector customers in Ghana, as well as access to various Internet Exchanges including the GIX (Ghana), IXPN (Nigeria), LINX (London), DECIX (Frankfurt/Lisbon), Cote d’Ivoire Internet Exchange (CIVIX), and the West Africa Internet Exchange (WAF-IX), hosted by MainOne in Nigeria.

Due to the delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the project is now scheduled to be completed in Q1 2021.