wingu.africa expanding beyond Djibouti and Kenya
wingu.africa, East Africa’s first multi-country carrier-neutral data centre group, has announced at Capacity Middle East in that it plans to extend its reach beyond Djibouti and Nairobi through new data centre builds and acquisitions.
wingu.africa’s expansion will commence with at least $25 million of investment in Djibouti and Kenya, where two new data centres will be built, resulting in capacity of more than 1,000 racks.
In order to satisfy the explosive demand for carrier-neutral data centres, the group intends to make significant additional investment in capacity such that it is present in at least seven key East African countries within the coming three years.
The group is founded and owned by the executive management team of the Djibouti Data Center SARL (DDC). DDC is a commercially successful data centre located in Djibouti, the most connected location in Africa.
As part of its regional growth strategy, wingu.africa has entered into a strategic partnership with Kenya’s Safaricom. Not only does Safaricom have the widest and strongest network coverage, but is also home to the outstanding mobile money service M-PESA.
wingu.africa says it will “provide best-in-class carrier- and cloud-neutral commercial data centre facilities to support Safaricom and its significant enterprise customer base, enabling them in their carrier and cloud neutral data requirements”. The partnership is expected to benefit Kenya by strengthening its position as a hub for customers’ digital and data requirements within East Africa and beyond.
wingu.africa’s objective is to provide customers with a single point of contact for the region and immediately take advantage of its existing operations in Djibouti and Nairobi. A core element in this seamless connectivity is the establishment of internet exchanges in each market, with the successful and pioneering Djibouti Internet Exchange (the DjIX), located at the DDC, the first of these.