21 November 2023 / News
Raxio Continues Support of Africa’s Digital Transformation and Digital Economy with Launch of New Flagship Data Centre in Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 21 November 2023 – Raxio Data Centres, a leading provider of state-of-the-art carrier-neutral data centres across Africa, proudly announces the official launch of its newest facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This milestone marks the expansion of Raxio’s commitment to providing secure, redundant, and innovative data centre solutions to meet the growing demands of the region.
Ideally situated in Ethiopia’s economic heart, in the country’s capital city of Addis Ababa, Raxio’s newest Tier III certified, state-of-the-art data centre will address the quickly-evolving needs of a vibrant business environment and public sector for dependable, always-on IT solutions. The facility offers secure colocation space for up to 800 racks delivering up to 3MW of IT power, providing a robust, fully-redundant environment for housing mission-critical IT infrastructure with 24/7 availability.
Bewket Taffere, General Manager of Raxio Data Centre in Ethiopia, stated, “The launch of our flagship facility in Addis Ababa represents a major milestone in our journey at Raxio, and for our country. We anticipate that this facility will be a catalyst for increased economic development in Ethiopia, supporting local businesses and government agencies, as well as attracting regional and international service and content providers into Ethiopia. Our Tier III certification is testament to the calibre of solutions we are providing, and delivers our customers with the assurances they require that their equipment is in the best possible hands.”
Raxio’s newest data centre is expected to have a transformative impact for Ethiopia. As the country focuses on digital inclusion, Raxio’s Tier III facility will contribute significantly to extending the ICT infrastructure network, ensuring that the benefits of technology are accessible throughout the nation helping to improve access to educational, social, and business resources. Moreover, the launch of this flagship facility is expected to have a profound impact on local enterprises, providing them with a reliable, secure, and always-on environment for their critical IT infrastructure.
As a carrier-neutral data centre, Raxio Ethiopia will become one of Ethiopia’s hubs of connectivity creating an ecosystem where local and international carriers will be able to interconnect and exchange traffic, in an ideally-suited and purpose-built environment. In a hyper-connected, always-on environment, supported by diverse fibre routes, customers benefit from the choice of providers and are safeguarded from connectivity cuts. Such diversity and the ability to interconnect with each other such that local traffic remains local, also contribute to reducing costs of internet for business and, ultimately, end-customers.
The launch of Raxio’s data centre in Ethiopia is in full alignment with the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MInT) Digital Ethiopia 2025 initiative and the Ministry’s core priorities, in particular by contributing to:
- ICT Infrastructure: Extending the ICT infrastructure network to cover the entire country for digital inclusion.
- Job Creation: Increasing job creation through ICT research and innovation.
- Information Security: Enhancing the Information Security System to be secure, reliable, resilient, and capable of responding to cybersecurity threats.
Robert Mullins, CEO of Raxio Group, expressed, “The launch of a new facility is always culmination of a long and, at times arduous, journey – a journey of dedication, hard work and bringing all our collective expertise at Raxio to bear. We are extremely proud to deliver such unique, first-of-its kind vital infrastructure to Ethiopia, and are convinced that it will support Ethiopia’s ambitious goals for its continued digital transformation and digital inclusion initiatives.”
Raxio Ethiopia is the first of several facilities Raxio plans to open in the next few months. Robert Mullins added, “This is hugely exciting time for us as a company. After our launch in Uganda two years ago, Raxio Ethiopia is the first in a series of facilities we will be opening between now and the end of the first half 2024, with our facilities in Mozambique, Ivory Coast and DRC next in line. With these facilities and more to follow later in 2024 and early 2025, we are continuing to execute on our promise of delivering world-class data centre infrastructure across underserved markets in Africa.”
Raxio’s commitment to sustainability is evident in its energy-efficient design and environmentally conscious practices. The facility is equipped with cutting-edge technologies that not only ensure maximum operational effectiveness but also deliver environmental efficiencies. Raxio’s design and equipment choices are adapted to local environmental and climatic conditions, allowing Raxio’s facility in Ethiopia to reach Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) ratios unrivalled on the African continent.
About Raxio Data Centres:
Raxio Group is one of Africa’s leading carrier-neutral Tier III data centre operators, delivering best-in-class colocation services. Established in 2018, we aim to provide industry-standard, carrier-grade facilities and services that form the foundation for Africa’s digital economy. Following the launch of our first facility in Uganda, Raxio now has a presence in Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Angola. We are constantly expanding our footprint and are on track to build several new facilities over the next two years, establishing a network of interconnected data centres servicing the active and latent demand across the African continent.
For further information, please visit www.raxiogroup.com.