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May 8, 2013
DJIBOUTI CITY, DJIBOUTI -- The Djibouti Data Center (DDC) has announced today that it has been selected by BICS, a leading global provider of international carrier services, to serve as its location for a gateway hub in East Africa. BICS will leverage the Djibouti Data Center’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.“The DDC is located just meters from the new Djibouti Telecom cable landing station, and offers BICS the opportunity for unique collocation facilities, cable head backhaul and cross connect services, and Internet Exchange services in one of the fastest growing regions in the world,” says Anthony Voscarides, CEO of the DDC. “We are pleased that BICS has joined the DDC to support the tremendous growth potential of the African region.”“BICS expects significant service expansion and growth opportunities in Africa with our existing and new customers,” said Johan Wouters, SVP Capacity Business Management at BICS. “By connecting the DDC, we are investing to establish a hub in the region that provides us with secure access to all seven (7) cable systems landing in Djibouti, therefore enabling efficient capacity solutions in close proximity to our customers.”He added: “The ability to reliably procure access to BICS’ submarine cable assets proves our strategic commitment to support growth in the African region.” 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 dedicated 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.
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