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Charles Meyers , President and CEO , Equinix , said : “ The acquisition of MainOne will represent a critical point of entry for Platform Equinix into the expansive and rapidly growing African market . MainOne ’ s leading interconnection position and experienced management team represent critical assets in our aspirations to be the leading neutral provider of digital infrastructure in Africa . Growth of data consumption in Africa is amongst the fastest in the world , and our customers are looking for a trusted partner to pursue the opportunities presented by broad mobile adoption and greater connectivity across the region . MainOne ’ s infrastructure , customer relationships , partner ecosystem and operating capability will extend the reach of Platform Equinix and bolster opportunities for customers in Africa and throughout the world .”
Under the terms of the transaction , the management team , including CEO Funke Opeke , will continue to
The demand for data centre services in Africa is strong , with Nigeria at the epicentre of exponential economic growth in West Africa .
serve in their respective roles . Opeke holds a master ’ s in engineering from Columbia University and was named one of the World ’ s Top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes in 2018 for her efforts in sparking internet adoption . She was also recently named one of the Top 10 Women to Watch in the Data Centre Industry by Data Centre Magazine .
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