Kampala, Uganda: Raxio has today Tuesday 25th May 2021 officially launched Uganda’s first state of the art Tier III carrier-neutral data centre at its site in the Namanve Industrial Park, in Kampala.
Raxio will work towards supporting industries that are facing increasingly complex and unique IT and regulatory
Challenges by providing secure colocation space of up to 400 racks ready to house mission-critical IT infrastructure in a 24/7 redundant environment.
The data centre brings the “metro edge” data centre model to Africa, allowing for the exchange of data traffic in facilities located close to urban centers in state-of-the-art, hyperscale-ready environments.
As a carrier-neutral data centre, Raxio Uganda offers a wide variety of seamless data connectivity options due to a variety of local and international fibre carriers currently connected at the data centre.
These include Africell Uganda Limited, Airtel Uganda, Bandwidth and Cloud Services Group (BCS Group), Csquared, Liquid Telecom, MTN Uganda, National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U), Roke Telkom, SEACOM and Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL).
The multiple points of connectivity increase redundancy, resilience in service, optimal uptime, and diversity in business operations, while driving down overall cost of connectivity for customers.
In addition, Raxio hosts an instance of the Uganda Internet exchange Point which allows networks to directly interconnect and freely exchange data traffic at a common point in-country, making the Internet cheaper, faster, and more reliable.
Raxio’s facility uses state-of-the-art design and technologies to meet customer requirements and while minimizing the impact on the environment. Equipment choices at Raxio Uganda were made and adapted to the local environmental and climatic conditions with a view to continuously reduce energy consumption.
Raxio’s data centre will greatly support the core priorities of the Ministry of ICT in Uganda, including: ICT infrastructure: extending the ICT infrastructure network to cover the entire country to ensure digital
Inclusion, Job creation: increasing job creation through ICT Research & Innovation, Information security: improve and ensure the Information Security System is secure, reliable, resilient and capable of responding to cyber security threats.
With the growth in data usage, storage and the broader digital transformation in Uganda, Raxio will be a centre- piece of infrastructure supporting the Ugandan economy and the goals set in the MoICT (Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology) Data Strategy.
Robert Mullins, the CEO of Raxio Group, said: “The Raxio Group, supported by a strong institutional investor base, is on track to launch up to 12 carrier-neutral facilities across Africa within the next three years; we strongly believe that by providing the right technological infrastructure needed to transform businesses, our data centers will help drive economic growth, social development, and digital transformation throughout Africa”.
James Byaruhanga, the General Manager of Raxio Data Centre said: “Construction of our flagship facility has been a long but rewarding journey to this point that we are launching operations. Raxio Data Centre is a dream comes true, with our Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute we believe that this facility will be bedrock for increased economic development in Uganda as it will attract several opportunities for colocation not only regionally but also internationally. We look forward to the positive impact of our facility across the enterprise and SME markets and on key industries such as financial services, content and media”.
The launch ceremony, held at the heart of Kampala Industrial and Business Park (KIBP), was presided over by the President of the Republic of Uganda H.E. Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni and witnessed by high-ranking Government officials, senior business executives, ICT professionals and members of the diplomatic corps in Uganda.
Raxio Data Centre in Uganda is a part of the wider Raxio Group that is focused on investing in, building and operating world-class Tier III data centres across Africa. The Raxio Group has started building its second site in Ethiopia and plans are underway to add five additional facilities over the next year. Through its investments and hands-on approach, Raxio seeks to address the latent demand for critical data centre infrastructure that will drive digital transformation across the region, and be a foundational stone to underpin growth in the digital economy and connect Africa to the global data economy.
Now completed, Raxio Data Centre – Uganda will be a centre-piece of infrastructure supporting the growth and digitalisation of the Ugandan economy as it is the first of its kind in Uganda, operating as a carrier-neutral facility, and meeting the international Tier III standard. It will house around 400 racks and be able to provide 1.5MW of IT power to ensure the equipment housed within it operates optimally, 24/7, in a fully safe, secure and redundant environment.