The growth concerns for data hosting, especially for indigenous businesses has shown the need for wide spread critical infrastructural development in the country.
Recently, some leading data centre operators in Nigeria, MDX-i, a division of MainOne Cable Company, RackCentre and Medallion Communications have stated that Nigeria needs an average of 72 data centres in order to have effective connectivity, quality of services and benefit of local content.
The operators stated this recently at a Breakfast Meeting organised by Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA)’s for February 2018 Edition of the monthly interactive session with ICT industry reporters tagged: ‘Breakfast Meeting with The CEO’ at Protea Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
Speaking at the event, President, Medallion Communications Limited, Mr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, said Nigeria will be opened up on the advantages of hosting data at home if there are more data centres and patronage of local content.
According to him, “80 per cent of the critical ICT infrastructure services are domiciled in Lagos, which represent less than 15 per cent of the entire country’s population”.
Mr. Nnamani said that the country needs to be provided with adequate ICT services in the six geo-political zones.
“This calls for data centres in all 36 states of the country and FCT,” he said.
Already, the Company has indicated interest in replicating its data centre operations in the six geo-political zones of the country.