OADC Rolls Out First Large-Scale, Open-Access, Edge DC Environment in Africa

  • Core-to-edge architecture consolidates edge computing, edge data centers and hyperscale connectivity within a single ecosystem, OADC Edge
  • Supports 5G rollout and extension of Internet Service Provider (ISP) and fiber operator infrastructure into new locations
  • Underpins deployment of low-latency applications and extends data storage, processing and content delivery to the network edge

OADC Press Release
May 9, 2022

Mauritius – Africa’s edge data center leader, Open Access Data Centers (OADC), today announced deployment of the continent’s first large-scale, open-access edge data center environment, OADC Edge, in South Africa. This is the first step in a wider rollout of OADC Edge across Africa, with Nigeria expected to be the next country to benefit later this year.

By consolidating edge computing, edge data centers and hyperscale connectivity within a single ecosystem, OADC is establishing an edge environment that expedites the realisation of business opportunities for its clients. The ability to locate equipment securely at remote locations is critical to 5G operators, ISPs and fiber providers looking to extend network reach into new markets. Latency improvements from serving content locally bring an enhanced end-user experience and are fundamental to the successful rollout of new, time-critical applications, whilst the ability to process large volumes of critical data before it is forwarded to larger, regional facilities, improves efficiency whilst also reducing backhaul costs.

OADC Chief Technical Officer Bob Wright (pictured below) explains: “In recent years, Africa has seen massive investment in hyperscale data centers focused on the continent’s largest metropolitan areas. However, a presence in a single data center is no longer sufficient to address a country or region. 5G operators, ISPs and fiber operators are seeking cost-efficient ways to extend network reach into new markets, requiring network equipment to be securely housed in remote locations.

Wright: “At time, the growing desire to make content available and process-greater volumes of data closer to the customer is ever continued demanding implementation of a core-to-edge architecture, with meshed local and regional data centers connected into Africa’s network infrastructure across multiple countries and cities. OADC is building Africa’s edge data center infrastructure to support clients seeking a cost-effective network extension, and those who are changing their infrastructure deployment strategies to fulfill demand for content closer to the network edge – for availability and premium performance – or to optimize networking and storage costs by pre-processing data locally.”

Integral to OADC’s core-to-edge, open-access, edge data center offering is the establishment of new, regional data centers covering major cities – initially across South Africa – and rollout of over 100, 0.5 MW OADC Edge data centres, in the largest deployment of open-access data centers on the continent.

The first 17 OADC Edge data centers are already live in South Africa offering colocation, rooftop access and high-speed network interconnectivity between facilities at up to 100Gbps and on multiple routes for diversity. Sites are fully monitored by our 24/7/365 Network Operation Center (NOC), providing clients with the assurance and security they demand. Rollout is continuing into key connectivity hubs, with new 2-3MW, Tier-III regional OADC facilities coming online during Q3 2022 and more than 100 OADC Edge data centers expected to be live by the end of 2022.

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