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A non-governmental organisation that champions digital inclusion on the continent, the African ICT Foundation (AfICTF), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Observatory for Digital Communication (OCCAM) of the United Nations, to explore benefits of digital communication in Africa.

According to the pact, both organisations will explore the benefits of digital communication, especially e-learning and ICT platforms for global development, research, providing education to young people, technological innovation, and its applications to expand the benefits of new technologies to disadvantaged communities.

The MoU was signed by both organisations after careful consideration of the importance of digital communication and new technologies in inducing sustainable global development, research, granting education to young people, technological innovation, and its applications to reach the 2030 UN Agenda.

Specifically, the MoU will help to facilitate the exchange of digital innovation, researchers, and experts for conducting research or exchange ideas while also providing opportunities to participate in conferences, symposia, and international meetings of both organisations.

The MoU is also going to open up opportunities for collaboration for the AfICTF and OCCAM in holding joint conferences, research, technical and audio-visual projects as well as participation in European and African Union projects or other international funded projects for promoting digital communication, e-learning and ICT technologies for telemedicine.

President of the AfICTF, Tony Ojobo said that the partnership would boost the foundation’s quest to deepen Internet penetration across the continent saying that it would help to actualise its mandate of affordable and reachable ICT and broadband Internet for Africans everywhere.

He also stated that the MoU would further help the Foundation to fulfill its mandate formulating, evaluating, and promoting ICT and telecommunication policies, which are aimed primarily at creating job opportunities, accelerating innovation, and boosting productivity and the progress of the African economy.
   
Commenting on the MOU, Arch. Saporito, President of OCCAM, said that a collaboration between our two organisations could improve the paradigm shift towards a fairer and more inclusive digital society.

“We live in a period of transition. Transition has become the keyword of the global agenda. Understanding where this digital transition will head us to is crucial. Only a collaboration and a shared interpretation could lead us to a more equal and participative digital habitat.”





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Nigeria gets new 10MW data centre, as region eyes $500m investments  — Technology — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

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A new 10MW data centre has been unveiled in Nigeria to pave the way for Africa Data Centres hyperscale customers to deploy digitisation solutions to West Africa.
  
Africa Data Centres, the largest network of the interconnected, carrier- and cloud-neutral data centre facilities on the continent, launched the facility, which is situated in Lagos, at the weekend.
 

   
The Chief Executive Officer of Africa Data Centres, Stephane Duproz, described Nigeria as one of the company’s key markets as there is a rapidly-growing demand for data centres in the region, which is hungry for digitisation, as organisations of every type and size in Africa accelerate their digital transformation journeys.
   
He said as part of the recently launched Cassava Technologies group, Africa Data Centres plays a critical role when it comes to providing this very digital infrastructure that is needed to support the mass adoption of digital services for consumers and businesses in the region.
  
Duproz also announced that the new facility is the first of four faculties being earmarked for Nigeria, adding that the company has plans to also build an additional facility in Lagos at a separate location to ensure full disaster backup, while Abuja and Port Harcourt will also get their own facilities.
  
With this in mind, Duproz described the Lagos operations as a significant milestone for Africa Data Centres, as it shines the spotlight on the tremendous growth opportunity the company sees not only for its business in the region but for Africa as a whole.
  
“Africa Data Centre is witnessing an unprecedented demand for fintech services, apps, broadband, cloud technologies, and more, all of which are seeing data demand skyrocket.”
  
This latest announcement follows on the heels of Africa Data Centres recently announced major data centre expansion plans that will see the company building hyperscale data centres throughout Africa.

“These plans are the greatest Africa has ever seen. They will see us build some 10 interconnected, cloud- and carrier-neutral data centres across the length and breadth of the continent, in an unmatched $500 million investment in Africa’ digital transformation, which will double our already significant investment in the continent,” Duproz added.
  
The 10MW facility in Lagos is a key part of this expansion as Nigeria is a critical African market in terms of leading the charge for hyperscale customers to deploy digitisation solutions to West Africa.
   
The new facility in Lagos marks a significant step forward in Africa Data Centres’ ambitious long-term plans to close the digital divide in Africa and digitise the continent by bringing these services to businesses and citizens alike, he added.
  

The Lagos facility will be the de facto hub for Africa Data Centres in West African, said Duproz, noting, “We built this facility in response to the massive demand from hyperscalers, key cloud operators and multi-national enterprises that already use our facilities and have expressed interest in being a part of bringing digitisation at scale to West Africa. As the unquestioned leaders in data centre operations in Africa, we were the clear choice as partners in their expansion strategies.”
  
Duproz said the Nigerian data centers were part of a Continental network of data centers being rolled out in all the key cities of Africa.
  
However, Duproz stressed that there will be no question of sacrificing the environment to carry out the company’s ambitious digitisation plans. “This is a trade-off Africa Data Centres is simply not even prepared to entertain. Our strategy is all about empowering and uplifting Africa’s citizens, protecting the environment, and uplifting the economy.”
  
Duproz said this latest Nigerian facility will boost the economy through job creation, as digitisation is known to create job opportunities across a slew of industries.

 
 
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Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (left); Chairman, Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh and the President, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Prof. Adesina Sodiya, when Zinox Group bagged the Technology Company of the year award at the 2021 National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) organised by NCS in Lagos.





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