WorkOnline Communications Expands IP Services Into Ghana Via PAIX Accra
Workonline Communications, a leading pan-African provider of IP services, has disclosed its selection of PAIX’s carrier-neutral data centre in Accra, Ghana to send out its first point of presence (POP) in West Africa. This deployment, according to the company, forms part of Workonline’s strategic plan to help build a strong Internet ecosystem across the continent.
The PAIX Accra (ACC-1) data centre (initially founded as “RackAfrica” in 2011) was upgraded and expanded in 2019 after it was acquired by PAIX Data Centres in 2018. The facility is recognised as the digital gateway to West Africa, with five submarine cables connected; housing equipment of all the major carriers and ISPs; and connecting to all metro fibre providers. It is, therefore, the best-connected data centre in Ghana.
“This expansion marks an exciting milestone in our African development roadmap,” says Head of Business Development at Workonline Communications, Benjamin Deveaux. “Our expansion provides local ISPs and global CDNs with high-quality IP transit services. Our Ghanaian POP will help us extend the reach of our network and support our mission of further developing the Internet ecosystem in Africa,” Deveaux said.
The combination of the carrier- cloud-neutral data centres and well-peered regional IP transit providers often underpins the business case for content providers to invest in a market. The call from the Internet Society (ISOC) to keep Internet traffic within Africa highlights the significance for more content to be available locally. Locally served content vastly improves the user experience and assists in the reduction of the cost of Internet services, in so doing, positively affecting economic growth.
The Ghanaian market has enjoyed strong growth in demand for data. This is in part due to the ease of doing business in the country, but also the escalated uptake of working from home. Internet access penetration across West Africa has grown from less than 10% in 2010 to close to 40% ten years later with the trend required to speed up further.