DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – The Raxio Group, a pan-African data center developer and operator, announces it is investing and establishing 'Raxio Tanzania', the first state-of-the-art, carrier neutral, Tier III data center in the country.
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.
As the second largest economy in the East African community, with an estimated population of roughly 60 million and 86% mobile penetration in 2020, Tanzania is one of 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 approximately 6% in the period 2001-2021, and projected to be 5.8% in 2022.
With three subsea cables already landed in the country and another set to land in 2023, Tanzania will be an increasingly important connectivity hub for the 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.
Set to be commissioned in 2023, Raxio 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 DRC 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.
This 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.
"Our decision to build Tanzania’s first Tier III carrier neutral facility highlights our commitment to our strategy 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," said Robert Mullins, CEO of Raxio Group.
"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 ESG 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," he added.
Raxio Tanzania, built in Dar es Salaam, becomes part of the Raxio Group portfolio, which includes Raxio Uganda, Raxio DRC, Raxio Mozambique, Raxio Ivory Coast and Raxio Ethiopia.
Raxio will continue to expand its geographic coverage by expanding across multiple markets on the African continent, and to grow its capacity by building increasingly large hyper-scale ready facilities to meet the increased demand for reliable and secure data center environments in the region.