MTN Nigeria sets new benchmark with cutting-edge data center

By Felicia Nwosu

MTN Nigeria has once again demonstrated its leadership in the telecom sector with the construction of a state-of-the-art data center, showcasing its commitment to technological innovation and industry advancement.

The leading and giant network provider has set a new benchmark in telecom sector with a cutting-edge data center.

Karl Toriola, CEO/MD of MTN Nigeria, revealed the development of this cutting-edge facility on his LinkedIn page.

Accompanied by CFO Modupe Kadiri and CTO Mohammed Rufai, Toriola visited the data center, which is currently under construction, highlighting MTN’s relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation.

The new data center, featuring an impressive 1,500 racks and boasting a Tier 4 certification, is set to become the largest of its kind in West Africa.

Designed with a 7-degree transmission capability, it promises exceptional connectivity and scalability, positioning MTN Nigeria at the forefront of technological advancements in the region.

Karl Toriola’s visionary leadership has been instrumental in driving this milestone project. Since taking the helm in 2021, Toriola has championed initiatives that push the boundaries of what is possible in the telecom industry.

His forward-thinking approach and commitment to excellence have placed Nigeria and Africa on the global stage, showcasing the continent’s potential in the digital age.

“This impressive facility boasts 1,500 racks, the highest-level certification – Tier 4, and a 7-degree transmission, making it capable of delivering exceptional connectivity; expandable, and the largest in West Africa upon completion.

The strategic investment aligns with MTN’s Ambition 2025 strategy, aiming to drive industry-leading connectivity operations.

The data center’s eco-friendly design, utilizing efficient cooling systems and a mix of traditional, gas, and renewable energy sources, underscores MTN’s commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles.

Toriola emphasized the center’s role in supporting Nigerian businesses through robust cloud services, enabling them to expand their capabilities and thrive in the digital economy.

This initiative is crucial for businesses to quickly adapt to market changes and leverage new technologies, giving them a competitive edge on a global scale.

The innovative and forward thinking CEO also acknowledged the vital role of strategic partnerships in driving innovation and delivering outstanding results.

“We applaud our partners, led by Huawei, for all the incredible work done so far, and their commitment to delivering the entire project at the appointed time.”

He affirmed that MTN Nigeria continuous investment in cutting-edge infrastructure and technology, solidifies its mission to drive connectivity and support business growth across Nigeria and beyond.

According to him, the new data center is a testament to MTN’s dedication to setting new standards and breaking boundaries in the telecom sector.

There is no doubt that MTN Nigeria’s state-of-the-art data center is a landmark project that highlights the company’s role as a pioneer in technological and innovative ideas.

Under Karl Toriola’s leadership, MTN is not only raising the bar in the telecom industry but also positioning Nigeria and Africa as significant players on the global digital stage.


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