Datamena, a Dubai-based carrier-neutral data centre has announced its partnership with Djibouti Data Centre (DDC) to provide a seamless connectivity link between Dubai and Africa.

Under the agreement, Datamena will maintain a scalable presence in Djibouti Data Centre that will be directly connected to its data centre in Dubai, expanding the options for customers wishing to interconnect between Africa, the UAE and the other GCC countries.

The collaboration will enhance Internet accessibility by improving redundancy while allowing the partners to leverage existing submarine assets on a more efficient cost basis.

Mahesh Jaishankar, Datamena VP, said: “Datamena and Djibouti Data Centre share a common vision of improving connectivity between the Middle East and Africa. There are strong bonds between these two regions, between people and businesses, and we are witnessing a healthy growth in the data traffic between us.”

“Africa as a region is expected to grow its demand for international bandwidth at a compound annual growth rate of 55% until 2019, according to Telegeography. “Being connected will give African content players an optimal platform to back growing demand in a cost-effective and scalable way.”

Anthony Voscarides, DDC CEO, added: “Datamena’s new access point will facilitate connectivity between African countries and the ecosystem of the UAE and GCC. We are very pleased with this partnership and look forward to facilitating further connectivity between the regions.”

Launched in 2012 by UAE-telco Du, Datamena is a carrier-neutral data centre, connectivity interchange and services platform in the UAE that hosts the UAE Internet Exchange, managed by German Internet Exchange operator DE-CIX, and provides data centre services with Equinix.

Djibouti Data Centre (DDC) is a joint venture between Djibouti Telecom and a group of local and international investors, and is the first and only data centre facility in East Africa with access to all five major fibre-optic systems connecting the world with Africa.