American colocation company, Equinix announced its plans to build a data centre in the city of Salalah, Oman.
The new carrier-neutral data centre site is going to be built in cooperation with Omantel, a leading wholesale carrier in the Middle East. Equinix will commercially and operationally manage the data centre.
The SN1 data centre will be Oman’s second carrier-neutral data centre and Equinix’s fifth data centre within the region. Additionally, the new data centre site at Salalah will offer dark fibre links to Equinix’s facility at Muscat.
Once the SN1 data centre is constructed, it will be a crucial interconnectivity point for traffic flow among these three major continents; Asia, Europe, and Africa.
Managing Director of Equinix Middle East and North Africa, Kamel Al-Tawil, said the company is grabbing this fantastic opportunity to invest in Salalah by building a best-in-class data centre that will change the global traffic landscape flows between three major continents.
The new interconnectivity point offers access to sever new and existing submarine cables, thereby continuing Equinix’s strategy of developing network-dense and interconnectivity-rich ecosystems.
Additionally, Omantel’s CEO, Talal Al Mamari, stated that the team is thrilled to extend the Omantel-Equinix partnership by establishing a new subsea cable hub in Salalah.
The new subsea cable systems connecting three significant continents, namely Asia, Africa and Europe, will change the landscape and help meet the connectivity needs of the Middle East and Africa.
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