Africa Data Centres has announced it has begun the development of a second data centre of up to 20MW of IT load in Nairobi, Kenya and is securing land for a third facility in a $200 million investment.
The company says the facilities will double the country’s data centre capacity and serve the development of Kenya as a key digital hub and allowing localised data hosting by providing the reliable digital infrastructure it needs.
“Africa Data Centres currently has the leading carrier-neutral data centre in Nairobi and East Africa as a whole,” said Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres. “We have the most dynamic ecosystem, in terms the largest number of connectivity providers on-site in the region, as well as the strongest leadership in the enterprise sector and financial services in particular,” he adds.
The announcement follows hot on the heels of the company’s announcement that it is embarking on the greatest-ever data centre expansion plan the continent has ever seen.
In September, Africa Data Centres announced that it plans to build a total of ten interconnected, cloud- and carrier-neutral data centres across the length and breadth of Africa in an unprecedented $500m investment in the continent’s digital transformation.
“The expansion will more than double our already significant footprint on the continent,” said Duproz.
He further stated that the two new Kenya facilities are part of this expansion. “Kenya is one of the top data centre markets in Africa and is widely viewed as the gateway to the East African region. There has been a dramatic increase in the adoption of digital services, and the move from on-premises to colocation and managed facilities will be at the vanguard of data centre development in the years to come.”
Duproz said Africa Data Centres is committed to uplifting the region by providing world-class access to data centres and networks, ushering in the age of hyper-scale to East Africa, to enable established businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive in today’s digital world.