Airtel has unveiled its state-of-the-art Tier 3 data centre in Lekki, Lagos State for commercial use, highlighting its mission to provide efficient uptime and peerless security for servers it houses as well as cloud services for businesses and government establishments across the country.
The facility was commissioned on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, with the presence of the Lagos State Commissioner of Science and Technology, Hakeem Fahm, who sighted the importance that data centre presents to the businesses operating within Lagos State.
Mr Hakeem Fahm, commended Airtel noting that the data centre aligns with Lagos State’s mega city plan, especially regarding the government’s aspirations in technology. “I commend the management of Airtel Nigeria for their impactful contributions in Lagos State and the country at large, thanks to their innovative drive in Technology. This data centre has further contributed to placing the state as a technology hub in the country at large.”
The data center is awarded the high-end Tier 3 ANSI/TIA-942 certification by EPI and runs on a superior technology that enables it to perform efficiently in tropical climate while providing multiple paths and backups.
Featuring a blend of legacy and virtualized network functions, the center features a new hybrid network cloud environment, bringing significant efficacy gains. Its hybrid network cloud environment will increase network and cost efficiency, reduce time to deploy applications, and enable developers to innovate and bring new applications to Airtel Africa subscribers quicker.
As Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) becomes the new standard for calling throughout the world it becomes necessary for service providers to have efficient infrastructure capable of providing VoLTE services.
The CEO of Airtel Nigeria, Mr Surendran Chemmenkotil, said that the establishment of the data centre is in response to Airtel’s overarching objective of promoting digital inclusion as well as creating unfettered access and opportunities for entrepreneurs, businesses, and other organizations to enjoy premium data centre services in a world-class and reliable facility.
“With over 20 years of extensive telecoms, technological and consumer-empowering operations in Nigeria, we are best positioned to support businesses and government establishments with an incomparable data centre that will help advance commerce and ultimately expand the nation’s economy, driving growth and prosperity for entrepreneurs and consumers,” he said.
The Director of Airtel Business, Ogo Ofomata, on her part said at the launch that “We are inspiring and pioneering a new wave in Nigeria’s data centre landscape as we offer a compelling and affordable data centre to both large enterprises and small and medium scale businesses. Through our data centre, businesses will benefit from uninterrupted power and hyper-secure storage for servers and data transmission equipment for various sizes of private and public sector establishments,” she further said.
The Airtel Data Centre provide space, power, cooling, and physical security for server, storage, and networking equipment for organizations. Organizations can house all active servers in Airtel’ s purpose built facility which offers redundant connections to the Internet, disaster avoidance, offsite data backup and business continuity,