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Teraco begins constructing hyperscale data centre in South Africa

03 November 2020 | Abigail Opiah

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Teraco Data Environments has announced that construction has commenced on a new hyperscale data centre with 38MW of critical power load in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa.

The facility, known as JB4, is scheduled for completion in Q1 2022 and as a stand-alone building.

CEO of Teraco, Jan Hnizdo (pictured), said that the company is poised for significant growth as hyperscale requirements continue to expand as a result of increased demand for cloud services in Africa.

“South Africa is strategically located at the tip of the African continent and as a result, is positioned as a technology and data centre hub for sub-Saharan Africa,” he added.

“This is further underpinned by growing undersea and terrestrial fibre connectivity to the rest of Africa.

“The continued increase of cloud adoption in Africa is also being enabled by investments in critical infrastructure, including hyperscale data centre facilities such as JB4.

“This will enable global cloud clients to service not only the South African market but reach the rest of the sub-Saharan African region as well.”

Hnizdo added that Teraco is committed to growing its capacity footprint across its core hubs.

“Teraco continues to invest significantly into the region’s ICT infrastructure and has built what is now Africa’s largest data centre platform,” said Hnizdo.

“We take pride in our vendor-neutral offering, enabling open access to interconnection and world-class resilient data centre infrastructure for all our clients.”

The JB4 facility is Teraco’s seventh data centre development and is located in the centre of the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis.

Hnizdo said that this expansion is aimed at further supporting sub-Saharan enterprises with advancing their digital transformation strategies.

JB4 is the latest expansion to Teraco’s data centre platform and takes critical power load capacity at Teraco facilities to over 110MW, which includes the Isando Campus JB1/JB3 (39MW), Bredell JB2 (13MW), Rondebosch Cape Town CT1 (3MW), Brackenfell Cape Town CT2 (18MW) and Durban (1MW).