Asian operators connect to Djibouti Data Center to expand into Africa

30 December 2016

The Djibouti Data Center (DDC) is claimed to be East Africa’s first and only Tier 3 carrier-neutral facility with direct access to all major international and regional fibre systems connecting Africa with Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. 

The Djibouti Data Center (DDC) is claimed to be East Africa’s first and only Tier 3 carrier-neutral facility with direct access to all major international and regional fibre systems connecting Africa with Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. 

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.