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MDXi Data Centre Invests N2.5bn 2018, Urges Govt Regulation For Local Data Hosting

MDXi has invested over $35 million (N13.4bn) in five years to create state-of-the-art Data Centre in Lagos with expansion in Sagamu, ogun State, and across west Africa



• MDXi expands lekki centre with N2.5bn in 2018
• Invested $35million in 5 years
• Sagamu MDXi Data Centre Under construction
• Purpose-built brick and mortar with 600 Rack Capacity
• MDXi urges strong Data Hosting regulation
• More local hosting lower unit cost
• Urges Govt to declare Data Centre Critical Asset




The management of MDXi, a Nigerian Data Centre company, announced that it will invest additional N2.5 billion for capacity expansion in 2018 and has called on Government to come up with a strong Local Data hosting regulation in the country.


General Manager, MDXi, Gbenga Adegbiyi revealed this on Friday during a media tour at the Lekki state-of-the-art MDXi Complex in Lagos.

Mr Adegbiyi added that the 2018 spend will amount to a total of $35 million, that is about N13.48 billion in current naira valuation, the company has sunk into building capacity in the last five years to create a world class data service centre.

In a passionate message to the Federal Government, the GM said the time has come for government to make stronger policies to ensure that private sector and organs of state host very important critical national data for security and economic reasons.


Media Tour: General Manager, MDXi, Gbenga Adegbiyi guides media on expansion work at the Lekki Data Centre in Lagos

“Government must know the importance of data domestication in Nigeria. When data is hosted abroad the outside world gets our data before us because they have access to it,” he said, adding that Nigerian Banks now know the value of local data hosting.

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“Over 70% of Nigerian Banks host data at MDXi and out of the 22 banks in Nigeria, 21 among them have something to do with MDXi data centre. MDXi expansion from 300 rack to 600 rack is as a result of increasing customer needs”.


According to him, more than 70 percent of current capacity of 300 racks is already occupied and the rest are already paid for. “By march this years, our current capacity will be exhausted. That is why we have embarked on expansion for another 300 racks. In fact, some companies are already booking for space in the new space.

Speaking further on why Government must intervene, he explained that “60% of all operation cost is power. Because of our peculiar environment, We use more power to evacuate heat from the sensitive areas of the data centre. We have extremes of temperature and humidity here and that cost reflect on the unit cost customers pay per rack.”


He further said that “Government of Nigerian need to come up with regulations to ensure that companies and government agencies host data locally because Increase in local data hosting will further drive down the cost,” adding that some government agencies patronize MDXi but more need to be done as good number of them still host data abroad.

According to him, Nigeria need massive investment in data centre across the country to bring about robust internet access and nationwide connectivity. “The more players the more efficiency and this will mean more user experience and cost savings.”

MDXi Data Centre Expansion

While unfolding MDXi expansion strategy, the GM said earlier during a presentation at the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA)’s February 2018 Edition interactive session that he explained that the centre is purpose built with brick and mortar with elevated superstructure sitting on 165 piles foundation. It has Unmatched structural stability with automatic groundwater control systems.

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West Africa’s largest Data Centre, MDXi, he said boasts of “Carrier Neutral Data, Open Access connectivity and Home to the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN). The complex is purpose-built brick and mortar with 600 Rack Capacity on 3,500 square metres of land .”


IT NEWS Nigeria gathered that MDXi is the only content aggregator hosting global OTTs in Nigeria. Only data centre with direct Access to 4 submarine cables within 10km: ACE, WACS, Glo 1, MainOne. Datab centre fully compliant with financial sector 20km distance diversity between primary and secondary data centre and interconnects major network, content and financial providers.


As regards financial services, MDXi is “audited and certified by the Central Bank of Nigeria to host financial services data. First and only Tier III facility in Nigeria certified to PCI-DSS standards, critical for electronic card transactions. Direct connection to the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System. Direct connections to all leading payment gateways. Direct connection to the Nigerian Internet Exchange. Connected to a network of more than 500KM of metro fibre in Lagos for branch connectivity. Multiple layers of physical and electronic security built to fit financial sector requirements.”


For Medium and large scales enterprises, MDXi offers flexible choice of rack footprint: Full rack, Half rack and Quarter rack. Multiple networks to choose from to fit branch connectivity and data replication requirements. Dedicated or Adhoc office space available for onsite staff operations. Expert multi-tier remote hands and eyes service offering.


Out of Band service available for remote monitoring of collocated infrastructure. Network integration. Multiple networks to choose from and enable greater user experiences. Multiple last mile provider and metro connect options for in-country circuits. Out of Band service available for remote monitoring of collocated infrastructure.

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