Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 72 | Page 9


MDXi Appolonia achieves Tier III Constructed Facility certification

The MDXi Appolonia facility receives this TCCF following onsite testing by the Uptime team and is a progression from the Tier Certification of Design Documents ( TCCD ) that was issued by Uptime following the review of designs of the facility during construction .

MDXi Appolonia , a data centre subsidiary of MainOne , an Equinix company in Ghana , has received its Tier III Constructed Facility certification ( TCCF ) from the Uptime Institute .

With this new milestone , MDXi Appolonia becomes the leading data centre provider in Ghana with the top four certifications in the industry : the Tier III Constructed Facility certification , TCCF ; the PCI-DSS certification which certifies the data centre to process payment card information ; ISO 27001 and ISO 9001 certifications which assures information security and quality management at the MDXi Appolonia data centre and further reinforces MDXi ’ s position as the leading data centre provider in West Africa .
The data centre which features private data centre suites , enterprise-grade 24 / 7 multi-level security and video surveillance , precision cooling , safety and fire suppression systems with multiple redundancies built into the power , cooling and security infrastructure has maintained 100 % uptime since launch and is managed by highly trained , best-inclass engineers operating from a stateof-the-art operations centre matching international standards .
The data centre offers open-access connectivity options to all the leading telecom networks in Ghana and direct access to MainOne and other submarine cable systems .

Copia Global and Cellulant partner to enable payments for diaspora and urban customers

Copia Global , a B2C e-commerce platform providing e-commerce solutions for 800 million middle-to-low-income African consumers , has announced a partnership with Cellulant , a pan-African payments technology company , to simplify payments for its diaspora and urban customers .

This partnership enables Copia ’ s diaspora and urban customers to conveniently initiate transactions and purchases for their loved ones in rural areas in Kenya using the Cellulant network . This provides greater choice , affordability and convenience for both urban and rural shoppers when shopping for everyday items .
“ We are deeply committed to simplifying e-commerce in Africa and are excited to collaborate with Cellulant in expanding Copia ’ s market reach . This will enable us to provide diaspora and urban customers with alternative and convenient payment options when they shop on Copia ’ s platform for friends and family across Kenya and Uganda ,” said Tim Steel , Chief Executive Officer , Copia Global .
Akshay Grover , Chief Executive Officer , Cellulant , added : “ As the African e-commerce and payments landscape in Africa continues to evolve , we believe that FinTechs and e-commerce platforms need to have a deeper collaboration in expanding opportunities that will help ease payments and collections for businesses and their consumers across all sectors of the economy .”
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