West African data firm MainOne announced plans to build three new data centres across West Africa to support the region’s growing digital enhancements.

The new data centres will be located in Accra, Ghana; Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire and Sagamu, Nigeria.

The data centre expansion strategy is in partnership with Minkels, a part of the public trade company Legrand.

The project will be completed over the next ten years with a data centre being built alongside the ongoing expansion of the Lekki Data Centre in Lagos, Nigeria which will be fitted with 300 additional racks for $8 million.

The first stage of the joint project began in 2015 when MainOne constructed West Africa’s largest Tier III+ Data Centre which recently received its Tier III Constructed Facility certification.

The centre is the largest in West Africa to offer colocation, wholesale deployments, interconnection, and cloud services, costing $35 million.

Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Funke Opeke spoke of the opportunities for companies to invest in the West African region.

“Given the size of its markets and status as home of some of Africa’s biggest economies, West Africa has a vantage opportunity to scale up infrastructure deployment to support digital transformation.”

Opeke also noted that the rapid technological advances in West Africa will support ICT infrastructure investments.

“Targeted investments in the region will bridge the gap in digital infrastructure and address the increasing reliance on data storage.”

CEO of Minkels, Christiaan van Tehijden praised MainOne in his statement: “MainOne is a company that knows how to drive internet use across West Africa through investments in digital infrastructure required to grow the broadband ecosystem in the region.

“This benefits both inhabitants as well as internet-enabled business models across the region.”

The launch for the new data centres will begin in Sagamu and Ghana in 2019 and Cote D’Ivoire in 2020.