FOLLOWING ITS ACQUISITION BY EQUINIX
MainOne, an Equinix company, has just opened its new data center in Lekki, Nigeria which marks the second facility within the company’s Lekki campus.
Codenamed Lekki II, the new Tier III data center is now available to customers, marking another milestone in the company’s effort to deliver up to 10MW of data center capacity from its Lekki campus, now under Equinix portfolio.
“We are delighted to be expanding our Lekki Campus today to increase capacity in our region. Indeed, having a parent company that is the world’s digital company choose to enter Africa through the acquisition of MainOne is a bold statement,” said Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne.
“Equinix recognizes that Lagos has the potential to become the digital infrastructure hub for Africa and we are delighted that through this acquisition Equinix will extend its network of 240 data centers in 66 markets to Lagos. Our plans include further expansion to the Lekki Campus to accommodate the requirements of global hyperscalers and regional businesses as we expand to connect the over 10,000 companies already on the Equinix platform. These businesses will now have access to our region and local businesses will come onboard to interconnect with them.”
Although the development of Lekki II has been underway since October 2021, the completion and opening of the facility is coming just few days after Equinix, Inc., a global digital infrastructure company, completed the deal to acquire MainOne.
“By extending our global reach, we offer our 10,000 customers a significantly large new market to enter and interconnect with at many levels,” said Judith Gardiner, VP Growth and Emerging Markets at Equinix.
“Our expectations are high given what we have learned about the vision of the Lagos State Government and we are committed to making Lagos the Digital hub of Africa. To put this in context, Amsterdam as a key hub, with a population of 1 million people has 9 Equinix Data Centers with over 106MW capacity. Lagos, with a population of over 20 million, has the potential to far exceed this footprint. We are committed to bringing our capital, expertise, knowledge and customers to accelerate the digital age in Nigeria”.
Special guests at the Lekki II opening event include the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; the Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Adeolu Akande; the Commissioner of Science and Technology for Lagos State Mr. Hakeem Fahm.