30 December 2016
Two Asian operators will use the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) as a strategic hub for their pan-African expansion.
Early last December, China Telecom Global (CTG) announced that the centre will help facilitate its network expansion, co-location, and submarine fibre cable access services in East Africa.
Built to Tier III standards, the DDC serves as a major meeting point for submarine cable systems including the new SEA-ME-WE 5 (Southeast Asia-Middle East – Western Europe) cable which was launched at the end of 2016.
Stretching around 20,000km, SEA-ME-WE 5 connects Djibouti with China via 18 landing points including one in Egypt.
CTG is the international operating subsidiary of China Telecom and is a founding member of the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium.
Liu Changhai, MD of China Telecom (Africa and Middle East), described the cooperation with DDC as a “significant component” of his company’s overall commitment to contributing to Africa’s digital evolution and economic development.
He added: “With our abundant and further expanded network resources, we can better serve our [multinational corporation] clients and carrier partners in Djibouti, Ethiopia and other countries in East Africa.”
In addition to SEA-ME-WE 5, the DDC provides access to other cable systems such as EIG, EASSy, Aden-Djibouti, and Ethiopia-Djibouti.
In November 2015, it also announced an agreement with PCCW Global to support the AAE-1 (Asia-Africa-Europe 1) submarine cable network. Hong Kong-based PCCW Global is a founder consortium member of the AAE-1 which spans around 25,000km, uses 100G technology with a capacity of more than 40 terabits, and was due to be ready for service by early 2017.