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Raxio opens its first data centre in Uganda

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Raxio has opened its first data centre in Uganda, a Tier III carrier-neutral data centre located at the Kampala Industrial and Business Park.

With the Kampala (pictured) facility Raxio said it will support industries that are facing increasingly complex and unique IT and regulatory challenges, by providing secure colocation space of up to 400 racks ready to house mission-critical IT infrastructure. It can provide 1.5MW of IT power.

International fibre carriers currently connected at the data centre include Africell Uganda, Airtel Uganda, Bandwidth and Cloud Services Group, Csquared, Liquid Telecom, MTN Uganda, National Information Technology Authority-Uganda, Roke Telkom, SEACOM and Uganda Telecom.

In addition, Raxio is hosting an instance of the Uganda Internet eXchange Point, which allows networks to directly interconnect and freely exchange data traffic at a common point in-country, making the internet cheaper, faster and more reliable, Raxio said.

Robert Mullins, CEO of Raxio Group, said: “The Raxio Group, supported by a strong institutional investor base, is on track to launch up to 12 carrier-neutral facilities across Africa within the next three years.

“We believe that by providing the right technological infrastructure needed to transform businesses, our data centres will help drive economic growth, social development and digital transformation throughout Africa.”

James Byaruhanga, general manager of Raxio Data Centre, added: “With our Tier 3 certification we believe this facility will be a bedrock for increased economic development in Uganda as it will attract several opportunities for colocation, not only regionally but also internationally.”

Raxio Group has started building its second African site in Ethiopia and plans are underway to add five additional facilities over the next year.

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