Leading pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom, has appointed Wole Abu as Chief Executive Officer for Liquid Telecom Nigeria and its new Africa Data Centre (ADC) in Nigeria, effective January 2021.
“Abu brings over 14 years of experience in the telecommunications industry which will be integral as we continue to expand our fibre network reach on the African Continent. With our East to West link going live, it is integral that we start working with businesses in Nigeria to develop the local telecom and technology ecosystem and also establish ourselves as the go to data centre provider,” said the Regional CEO, MEWA, Liquid Telecom, Mohamed Abdel Bassit.
Prior to joining Liquid Telecom, Abu was the CEO of Pan African Towers Limited (PAT), and before that, he served as the Vice President of Sales at Airtel Nigeria. He has also held several senior management roles in the Human Resources, Engineering, Operations, Finance, Legal, and Marketing departments.
Commenting on his appointment, Abu said, “Since the launch of the first Africa Data Centre in 2018, I have seen the Data Centre team grow their operations by leaps and bounds to cater to the rapidly developing cloud ecosystem on the African continent. I am excited to bring my polyfocal blend of functional skills to the team as the ADC makes it possible for Nigerians to get access to Cloud services at affordable rates and allowing them to meet local data regulatory requirements”.
“I also look forward to showcasing Liquid Telecom’s commitment to Nigeria’s digital transformation journey which is linked to staying true to our belief that every individual has the right to be connected”, he concluded.
Liquid Telecom is a leading communications solutions provider across 13 countries primarily in Eastern, Southern and South Africa that serves mobile operators, carriers, enterprise, media and content companies and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity, hosting and co-location and digital services.
It has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, stretching more than 73,000km, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi, Harare and Kigali, with a combined potential 19,000 square metres of rack space and 78 MW of power.
This is in addition to offering leading cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Office365 and Microsoft Azure. In October 2020, Liquid Telecom was recognised as ‘The Best MEA Wholesale Carrier’ for 9th consecutive year at the Global Carrier Awards.
Liquid has announced plans to build the single largest data centre in Africa outside South Africa. Once completed, the new data centre in Nigeria once completed will address the growing demand for cloud storage and digital services on the continent, and Abu will be responsible for over seeing the strategic growth of ADC’s operations in this new market.
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