By Yemisi Odusanya
MainOne, a telecom company said it planned to become largest internet hub in West Africa with Open-Connect Service.Mrs Funke Opeke, the Chief Executive Officer of MainOne made the disclosure in a statement issued on Monday in its website in Abuja.
The Main One Cable is a submarine communications cable stretching from Portugal to South Africa with landings along the route in various West African countries.
MainOne provides world class network, internet solutions, voice, data center and cloud services to providers in Nigeria, Ghana and all of West Africa.
"Following partnership of MainOne's (www.MainOne.net) Data Center company, MDXi with Nigerian Internet Exchange, (IXPN) to improve national transit traffic in Nigeria, the company has recently announced a new interconnect service for carriers, enterprises and ISPs called Open-Connect.
"Open-Connect is a service that facilitates improved interconnection, collaboration and peering within the MDXi Lekki data center and the Internet exchange.
"The product will enable the creation of an environment that allows collocated customers connect to multiple networks, cloud and content providers," she said.
She said that the effort would significantly reduce the cost of backhaul links to various providers and offer competitive pricing in an open access, carrier neutral environment.
According to her, Open-Connect guarantees the best cross connect services in Nigeria enabling customers bypass the public internet and connect directly to partners, cloud and other providers with secure, reliable and flexible direct connections.
"With connections to internet exchanges in Lagos, Amsterdam, London and Ghana and 50+ Points of Presence locations across West Africa, MainOne enables carriers, ISPs, content providers and enterprises of all sizes to easily increase their network footprint.
"This is done without investing heavily in additional infrastructure," she said.
She said that traffic growth was a useful indicator of the health of the entire Internet ecosystem, adding that it would help to measure the development of the digital economy.
She said that the new interconnection service for customers within the Data Center would significantly improve traffic growth and localisation in Nigeria with reduced latency, improved speed and better quality of services to end users.
She said that solution would enable more operators and carriers to take advantage of connections of IXPN within MainOne's connected Data Center and enhanced Internet traffic originating and terminating on any network in Nigeria to remain in-country.
"MainOne's Open-Connect service takes advantage of the company's recent partnership with the Nigerian Internet Exchange, which provides the exchange with an IPV4/V6 network, backed by diverse backhaul, links across Lagos and Nigeria.
"The data center, West Africa's premier vendor-neutral data center is directly connected to MainOne's 1.92TBPS submarine cable."
Home of West Africa's biggest internet exchange (IXPN), MainOne's Data Center is Africa's only Tier III facility with PCI DSS, ISO 27001 and 9001 certifications," she added.