Raxio Group, which describes itself as Africa’s premier platform of carrier-neutral, colocation, Tier III data centres, has invested in the first carrier-neutral Tier III data centre in Cote d’Ivoire.
The new data centre is due to be commissioned in 2023. It is being developed at the Village of Innovation and Technology, a special economic zone in Grand-Bassam dedicated to technological innovation located approximately 30 kilometres from the city centre of Abidjan.
The site is supported by a redundant power supply and excellent domestic and international connectivity. From this location Raxio Abidjan will be serving customers in Abidjan and in the wider UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union) region from a wide range of sectors.
Raxio Abidjan will be the fifth data centre in Raxio’s portfolio of facilities in Africa, and the first in West Africa. The data centre is being developed in collaboration with data centre solutions company Master Power Technologies and will deliver colocation capacity, cross-connection services with local and international carriers, and a series of value-added services to the region.
Raxio Abidjan will offer its customers an optimized environment for their IT equipment in a facility fully equipped with technology solutions that not only ensure full redundancy and maximized uptime, but also optimize power consumption and energy efficiency.
The facility is designed to scale as customer needs grow, with an initial capacity to accommodate approximately 400 racks and deliver 1.5MW of IT power.
Raio points out that digital transformation in Cote d’Ivoire has continued to accelerate in recent years with internet penetration currently at 46.8 percent and mobile penetration reaching 139.1 percent. Upcoming subsea cable landings and investments in terrestrial infrastructure are expected to contribute to further reducing the cost of internet access and wireless broadband.
Raxio Abidjan is part of the Raxio Group portfolio, which includes Raxio Uganda, Raxio Kinshasa, Raxio Mozambique and Raxio Ethiopia, where construction started earlier this year in Addis Ababa. The company says it is on track to complete 10-12 data centre investments across Africa to meet the increased demand for high-quality local storage and data hosting in the region.