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Countdown to the Main One’s New Data Centre Groundbreaking Event coming in less than 6hours from now



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Leading broadband solutions company, Main One’s construction of its new data centre located in Lagos, Nigeria is expected to reduce hosting costs for ISPs and help boost the local economy.

With a capacity of 600 racks, the data centre, which was expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2014, would increase Main One’s hosting capacity for telecommunications operators and Internet service providers.

Supported by expertise highly experienced in building world-class Tier 3 standards data centres, the company anticipates that its data centre will be able to provide a credible and reliable co-location solution to and from all other global markets.

According to the company, the data centre will provide financial enterprises, government MDAs, telecommunications companies and ISPs with processing, storage, networking, management and data distribution services, backed by its extensive fiber and microwave network.

At the moment, most local ISPs use hosting services abroad to provide Internet services to their customers, but when Main One’s data centre is completed and operational, they would be able to host locally, thereby reducing hosting costs and helping to boost the local economy.

Main One currently delivers high speed bandwidth of 1.92 terabits per second (but has been proven to provide capacity of at least 4.96 tbps), but its biggest challenge has been getting this huge amount of capacity across the West African region to reach the millions of people and businesses that need its services.

Funke-Opeke-256x300Funke Opeke, CEO of Main One says the company embarked on the project as part of a major initiative to cater for the hosting needs of business and service providers in the fast growing market for such outsourced services.

Main One, which turned three last July says the 600-rack Data Centre sited in Lagos and ranked as the largest in West Africa is designed to meet Tier 3+ certification requirements.

“The facility is being built to world-class standards and will offer a level of reliability and affordability that will make it particularly attractive to businesses with mission-critical business applications looking to collocate their infrastructure. With superior carrier neutral connectivity, reliable power, effective cooling, fire protection  and security solutions, the data center will adequately cater to the hosting needs of businesses and service providers”, Opeke adds.

Main One Cable Company rebranded itself as “’Main One” to reflect the company’s evolution from being solely a wholesale bandwidth provider to a full-service communications company.

“Main One has been at the forefront of driving broadband penetration across West Africa since our inception. In order to achieve our vision of improving access to broadband services across the sub-region, we have taken decisive action to invest in our terrestrial network in multiple countries, increased our product and service offerings beyond basic connectivity, and formed strategic partnerships with various operators to enhance our portfolio of services. We are excited about the future prospects in our market and look forward to launching the new brand identity to symbolize the tremendous opportunity ahead of us to transform the broadband landscape in West Africa”, she adds.

The launching of the Main One’s Data Centre – no doubt, a ground breaking event, comes up in less than 6 hours from now.


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A team from EY triumphed in a 48-hour European Investment Bank (EIB) hackathon designed to find ways to use blockchain technologies to redesign the transaction processing of commercial paper.

The EIB brought together 56 coders from 15 countries in 12 teams for the hackathon, run alongside the bank’s annual forum dedicated to treasury issues.

While the conference was running, the coders were locked in an adjacent room, trying to prove that blockchain tech can improve the transaction process of commercial paper – a short-term financing instrument that is used worldwide in treasury operations and still relies on an ‘archaic’ and complex process.

In the pitching session, the EY team won the contest with an effort that taps a combination of blockchain, robotics and business AI tools to optimise the issuance process and reduce the number of exchanges between the EIB and its counterparties while maintaining each one’s role within the ecosystem.

The EY team won a EUR5000 cash prize and a contract with the EIB to further develop its solution into a proof of concept.

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More information is leaking out about just how Google is planning to re-enter the Chinese market with a mobile search engine application that complies to the country’s censorship laws.

The Intercept first broke this story when a whistleblower provided them documentation detailing the secret censored search project (codenamed Dragonfly). According to them, an overlooked Google acquisition from 2008 — — has been quietly laying down the foundation for the endeavor.

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A significant number of Google employees are reportedly none too happy about Google’s project complying with Chinese censorship laws. This most recent news, that the company has long been collecting data for a moment just like this, surely won’t make morale among these workers any better.

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