24 August 2021 / Group news

Raxio Group Announces Appointment of Master Power to manufacture and install its data centres in Africa

The Raxio Group (“Raxio”), a premier pan-African data centre developer and operator, today announced that it has appointed Master Power Technologies (“Master Power”), Africa’s leading data centre solutions company, specialising in the supply and installation of pre-engineered data centres to build and install multiple data centres in Africa. Following its first facility in Uganda, Raxio’s next suite of data centres are being developed in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique in order to deliver premier colocation services to the region. The infrastructure will help drive growth to the region by supporting the rising consumption of data and the growing digital needs, while reducing the costs associated with digital access for all.

Master Power’s appointment was the result of a highly competitive bidding and evaluation process conducted by Raxio’s technical team and overseen by Raxio’s lead design consultant, Future-tech. Master Power’s scope of work across Raxio’s multiple sites will cover design localisation, supply, install and commissioning of all technical areas. Raxio’s unique and highly innovative design based on “metro-edge” principles is highly scalable and will deliver the lowest power utilization effectiveness ratio (PUE) on the continent through the choice of best-in-class energy efficient power and cooling technology.

The new Raxio data centres will continue to broaden customer access to state-of-art colocation facilities, boosting digital transformation in new markets on the continent, and providing an environment to meet the demands of the population for increased connectivity. The facilities will also be a catalyst for economic growth and job creation, while minimising the impact on the environment through an energy efficient design which does not compromise the reliability of the overall system.

Raxio facilities are designed to cater to a wide spectrum of customers delivering power densities up to 21KW per rack whilst providing the cooling required to optimally run customer equipment.

All the facilities are being designed and developed in compliance with Uptime Institute’s Tier III standard, with no single points of failure, enabling concurrent maintainability. In addition to providing power and cooling redundancy, the data centres will also enable connectivity redundancy through diverse fibre intake and meet-me rooms, all within a highly secure environment.

Founded in 1999, Master Power has built a strong reputation in continuously innovating the data centre industry across the African continent, enabling its customers to focus on their core competences and outsource data space. Since its inception, the company has built industry-leading business cases around commissioning, installing, and providing after-sales services for a comprehensive range of its turnkey backup power and data centre solutions. Master Power is a proudly African company, committed to contributing to build the continent, and has clearly demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the Sub-Saharan Africa data centre industry.

Robert Mullins, CEO of Raxio Group said: “Working with Master Power allows us to accelerate our expansion through a more streamlined and optimized design-to-commissioning process across multiple sites. Master Power’s long-established track-record of successful installations across the African continent and a highly-skilled team, as well as its ability to tailor its solutions to meet the requirements of our unique design were key criteria in our selection process. Together with our own resources and technical partners we are convinced we have a winning combination to deliver these paradigm-shifting facilities to the region. In addition to this, our shared vision to enable digital transformation across Africa, driving economic growth and opportunities for the entire population makes Master Power the ideal choice for us.”

Menno Parsons, CEO of Master Power said: “Digital infrastructure is desperately needed in Africa as connectivity becomes available to more of the population. Working with Raxio to build its next suite of data centres is critical in helping to support the growing demand for colocation services across the region, and we are very pleased to be able to support the rollout of such unique, next-generation facilities. Our experience in the region and Raxio’s commitment to help grow Africa’s digital communities means we will be able to increase the infrastructure available in key regions.”

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About Raxio Group

Established in 2018, Raxio Group is a portfolio company of, Roha Group Inc, a US based investment firm focusing on responsibly investing in and building greenfield, profitable businesses across Africa, and Meridiam, a global developer, asset and fund manager specializing in sustainable infrastructure and energy transition projects.  Raxio is Africa’s premier platform of carrier neutral, colocation, Tier III data centres, providing industry-standard, enterprise-grade facilities and services that serve as the foundation of Africa’s digital economies. Following its first facility in Uganda, Raxio now has presence in Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mozambique, and it will continue developing additional facilities to establish a network of interconnected data centres across the Africa continent by 2023. For further information, please visit www.raxiogroup.com.

About Master Power

Master Power Technologies is a private company with their head office in South Africa, and branches in Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Angola.  Master Power has carved out a niche in the African market for turnkey power and data centre solutions with a formidable team of 9 Uptime Tier certified professionals, including architects, electrical and mechanical engineers. Through their ethos of a partnership for life with customers and by providing maintenance and services for all their solutions, the company has built a sustainable business model which has won the Frost & Sullivan data centre awards 3 times in a row.

Press contacts:

AxiCom for Raxio: raxio@axicom.com

Master Power: tarene@kva.co.za

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