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MainOne, GIX partner to drive digital connectivity across West Africa

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MainOne, an Equinix company has partnered with the Ghana Internet Exchange (GIX) network, extending their collaboration to the MDXi Appolonia Data Center to drive digital transformation and connectivity across Africa.

This announcement was made known at the 12th edition of the African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) 2023 event held in Accra, Ghana.

MainOne’s role as the host of AfPIF 2023 and its active commitment to fostering interconnections align with its broader mission of driving digital transformation across West Africa.

The event, co-hosted by the Internet Society (ISOC) and the African IXP Association (AFIX), drew an impressive gathering of global and local industry leaders, regulators, and stakeholders advancing Africa’s digital landscape and strengthening connectivity across the continent.

Emmanuel Kwarteng, Ghana’s Country Manager, MainOne emphasized the significance of AfPIF 2023 in fostering collaborations across Africa’s digital ecosystem.

“In an era of rapid technological advancement, the Internet and content have emerged as two major pillars of modern society, transcending geographical boundaries and revolutionizing the way we do business, communicate, learn, and interact with the world around us.”

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“We cannot overemphasize the critical role that peering plays in enhancing the reach, reliability, and efficiency of this new digital lifestyle. By collaborating with the Internet Society on the shared vision of an inclusive and interconnected Internet society for the continent, we believe that the transformative partnerships formed here will drive value for a more connected Africa,” said Kwarteng.

Distinguished speakers at the event included Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghana’s Minister of Communications and Digitization, Eser Osie-Yeboah Boateng, Deputy Director General of the National Communication Authority, Ghana; and Nii Quaynor, widely known as the Father of Ghana’s internet.

The Minister emphasized the need for a robust peering and interconnection ecosystem for the efficient operation of the country’s digital initiatives.

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“This will permit local traffic and promote ICT, which is crucial for any nation wishing to participate fully in the global Internet economy. It will enhance the end-user experience, bring down access costs, and encourage the growth of regional internet ecosystems,” said the Minister.

She also highlighted the importance of supporting the aggregation of internet traffic at interconnection hubs across Africa, which would attract international operators to establish their points of presence (POPs) in the West African region.

MainOne continues to lead with investments in infrastructural development and new Data Center builds across the West African region and is set to launch a new data center in Cote d’Ivoire before the end of this year.