Raxio Group Plans Modern Data Center in Tanzania to Link East African Region

Tanzania has three subsea cables already landed in the country and another set to land in 2023, the country will thus be an increasingly important connectivity hub for the East African region.

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The Raxio Group, a pan-African data center developer and operator, is working to establish a state-of-the-art data center in Tanzania to connect the entire Eastern Africa precinct.

The facility, according to official information from Raxio Group, will be the first carrier-neutral, Tier III data center and will be commissioned in the country in 2023.

The Proposed Raxio Tanzania Data Center will also be equipped with industry-leading, technology solutions, according to Raxio Group’s Chief Executive, Robert Mullins in his official stement.

Raxio Tanzania is the latest facility to be part of Raxio’s fast expanding network of interconnected carrier neutral, Tier III data centers across the African continent.

With an estimated population of nearly 60 million, coupled with a mobile penetration of around 86 percent, Tanzania, which is also the second largest economy in East Africa was described to be among the biggest consumer markets in the region.

The country has also been one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest-growing economies, boasting average GDP growth of 6 percent in the period 2001-2021, and projected to be 5.8 percent in 2022.

Tanzania has three subsea cables already landed in the country and another set to land in 2023, the country will thus be an increasingly important connectivity hub for the East African region.

“Expanding the infrastructure backbone is critical to support the continued digital and economic growth of the region and Raxio Tanzania will serve as a key enabler of international IP transit for the East African country’s six landlocked neighbors,” reads part of the RAXIO release.

Tanzania will be the sixth data center in Raxio’s portfolio of facilities in Africa.

Raxio currently operates a 1.5MW facility in Uganda, and has facilities under construction in Ethiopia, Mozambique, the DR Congo and Ivory Coast.

This latest facility in Tanzania is being developed in collaboration with carefully selected international and local contractors to Raxio’s tried and tested standards of excellence. Once commissioned, Raxio Tanzania will deliver much needed colocation capacity to local, regional and international enterprises, cross connection services with local and international carriers and a series of value-added services.

Raxio Tanzania will offer its customers an optimized environment for their IT equipment in a state-of-the-art ‘metro-edge’ facility built consistent with Raxio’s standard design principles applied across its portfolio.

It will be fully equipped with industry-leading technology solutions that not only ensure full redundancy and maximized uptime, but also optimize power consumption and energy efficiency.

The multi-megawatt facility will set a new standard of data center services in the country, with the ability to accommodate the highest power density equipment at the lowest power usage efficiency ratio (PUE) in the region.

Raxio Group’s Chief Executive, Robert Mullins, said the decision to build Tanzania’s first Tier III carrier neutral facility highlights the firm’s commitment to deliver the vital digital infrastructure needed on the African continent.

“With new connectivity solutions arriving and the rapid evolution of the digital ecosystem in the region, we will continue to build larger, hyper-scale ready facilities across a wider geographic footprint to meet the demand,” he stated.

“As the second largest telecoms market in East Africa, with growing demand for connectivity and related services and its strategic location, Tanzania becomes an important centerpiece of our growing portfolio.”

“As with all our facilities, Raxio Tanzania is being developed in full alignment with our Environmental Social and Governance goals, driving a positive impact through both direct and indirect creation of highly skilled jobs for Tanzanian professionals, and a facility that is built and operated to the highest international environmental standards.”

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