Djibouti Data Center (DDC) Launches Tier 3 level Data Center Facility in East Africa

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The DDC is the first and only data center facility in East Africa to provide direct fiber access to five undersea cable systems connecting Europe, the Middle East, and Asia markets with Africa. MTN selects DDC for collocation and undersea fiber cable head cross connect services in support of network expansion in Africa.

The Djibouti Data Center (DDC) has announced today at the Capacity Middle East Conference the launch of its commercial operations in Djibouti City. The Djibouti Data Center (DDC) leverages Djibouti’s strategic position in East Africa as the major meeting point for undersea fiber optic cable systems connecting Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, to Africa. Collocated just meters from the new Djibouti Telecom cable landing station, the DDC offers international telecommunications carriers and content delivery network (CDN) providers neutral collocation facilities, Internet Exchange, and other enhanced services in one of the fastest growing regions in the world.

The DDC is a joint venture between Djibouti Telecom and Djibouti Data Center SARL, a group of local and international investors who are all seasoned international telecommunication executives.

The DDC offers mobile network operators, global voice and data carriers, and CDN providers, a new opportunity to establish unique cross connect access and collocation facilities directly adjacent to Djibouti Telecom’s cable landing station supporting seven different cable systems connecting Europe, the Middle East and Asia with markets in Africa. These include SeaMeWe3, Aden-Djibouti, EASSy/WIOC, SEACOM, EIG, Djibouti – Ethiopia, Djibouti- Somalia cable systems. The strategic geographical location of the DDC offers service providers a new opportunity to reduce global network operating costs and greatly improve network resilience, latency and performance by accessing a Tier 3 level data center facility in East Africa. The DDC provides the capabilities to install, operate, and manage equipment and vital services in support of establishing an operator’s local and regional network in Africa.

“The Djibouti Data Center has simplified undersea cable head access and backhaul, interconnection, collocation, and Internet access capabilities for all service providers looking to expand in Africa, one of the fastest growing regions of the world,” says Anthony Voscarides, Chief Executive Officer at the Djibouti Data Center. “The DDC accomplishes this in a secure and fully redundant facility in one of the most strategic locations of the world for undersea fiber cable access connecting Europe, The Middle East, and Asia with Africa.”

“Djibouti Telecom is very enthusiastic about the inauguration of the new Djibouti Data Center. We want to leverage the special advantages that Djibouti’s strategic position in the region offers,” says Mr. Abdourahman Mohamed Hassan, the Director General of Djibouti Telecom. “Our objective is to reach out to operators worldwide and offer a unique source of secure interconnection and collocation that enables service providers to realize their growth potential throughout Africa, and with the rest of the world. The DDC solves the critical link that has been missing in accomplishing this objective.”

Among others, the DDC has been selected by MTN to provide cable cross connect and backhaul services from the cable landing station in Djibouti. MTN will use its newly created Point of Presence (POP) at the DDC for the purpose of network expansion and more efficient utilization of its existing undersea cable assets.
DDC Benefits

DDC Collocation: Secure, environmentally controlled, and expertly managed data center facility that offers a secure home for routing, switching and network server equipment. The DDC building site is just meters away from the new international cable landing station in Djibouti City.
Cable Head Access and Backhaul: All submarine cables landing at the Djibouti cable landing stations are connected to the DDC facility on diverse fiber paths. Backhaul to any cable head can be ordered directly from the DDC.

DDC VPOP service: The DDC offers a VPOP service using fully redundant ADM hardware for customers who wish to build their networks quickly and economically. The fully managed ADM service includes backhaul to any cable system, cross connection and aggregation services as per the customer design requirements.

DDC Meet-Me Room: The DDC Meet-Me Room offers carriers providing voice and data services, as well as Internet Exchange services, an economical cross connect capability. Physical connections can be accommodated via UTP or fiber optic cable between any hosted racks.

Internet Exchange DIX (Djibouti Internet Exchange): The Djibouti Internet Exchange Point (IX), is the first of its kind in East Africa, having the capacity to interconnect with numerous submarine cable systems in an open, affordable and secure environment.
CDN Services: The DDC offers CDN service providers a unique home for their network nodes in East Africa. Content typically associated with Internet services, including media streaming, can be cached locally and regionally in East Africa to improve on-net delivery, reduce demand on global infrastructure, and to generate incremental revenue from the growing content market in Africa.
Djibouti Data Center will be participating at Capacity Middle East, which takes place in Dubai, March 4-6, 2013. Capacity Middle East is one of the leading carrier events in the region. You are welcome to visit our booth and meet our delegates.
For more information about the event visit: Capacity Middle East 2013

About the Djibouti Data Center (DDC)

The Djibouti based DDC is the first and only data center facility in East Africa with access to all major international fiber optic systems. It combines convenient access to five (5) undersea fiber cable systems connecting Europe, the Middle East, and Asia markets with Africa. The DDC is a reliable and cost effective hub in Africa to many of the world’s fastest growing and emerging markets. The DDC offers flexible commercial terms for a broad portfolio of services that combine solutions tailored to meet new business requirements, while insuring scalability in line with business growth. Whether you are a carrier focused on enhancing your voice and data services, or a CDN operator looking at global expansion and an enhanced geographical footprint, the DDC enables business to expand more rapidly. Learn more about the DDC products and services at

About Djibouti Telecom SA

Djibouti Telecom SA is the primary telecommunications company of Djibouti, providing landline, mobile and Internet services. The company is headquartered in Djibouti City, Djibouti. Djibouti Telecom has leveraged Djibouti’s strategic geographical position in East Africa, has made significant investments in undersea fiber cable infrastructure, and is now the leading strategic hub for international telecommunications services in East Africa. Djibouti Telecom has partnered with Djibouti Data Centre to offer direct fiber access to the Djibouti cable landing station, cross connect and backhaul services, collocation, and Internet Exchange DIX among other services.


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