Jasco and Warid Congo sign data centre partnership deal

26 Jun 2012

South Africa-based Jasco Networks is expanding its operations into Central Africa, with the company revealing that, having formed a new subsidiary, Jasco Congo, it has inked a partnership deal with Republic of Congo mobile operator Warid Congo. Under the terms of the deal between the two companies, Jasco will manage and maintain a carrier-neutral co-location data centre in the Republic of Congo, having entered into a service partnership with Warid to use the latter’s existing infrastructure and take over the operational costs and maintenance of the data centre. Jasco will also reportedly design and build an internet switch exchange and provide local internet hosting from the Warid Telecom data centre, in a move which it claims will help to drive down the cost of internet access in the country. Further, Jasco has confirmed that it will also host local telecommunications operators, providing a carrier neutral switching location for international traffic. For its part, and as the owner of the data centre infrastructure, Warid will share in the revenues generated by the data centre. Commenting on the development, Michel Elame, managing director at Warid Congo, noted: ‘Data centres are one of the fastest growing segments of the IT industry, but the data centre built by Warid was not being used to full capacity. We were looking for a seasoned, highly experienced partner in the field to help us reposition our organisation to meet the needs of corporates around data centres and carrier neutral services. Jasco delivers on all of our requirements and [is] the ideal partner.’

Congo, Rep., Warid Congo