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Paratus Holdings prepares to open Zambia data centre

Multinational owns and manages a network of edge infrastructure that includes over 2500 satellite connections and is building more data centre power across the continent.

By João Marques Lima

Co-founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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July 27, 2021 | 12:00 AM BST

Namibia-based Paratus Holdings Group is readying to open the doors of its latest facility in Africa, in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital.

The facility, to be managed under Paratus Telecommunications (Paratus Zambia), is to be used by national enterprises as well as multinationals operating in the country starting August 2021.

The construction of the site was fuelled by the growing need of digital services and a shift in enterprise work habits, namely working from home (WFH), triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barney Harmse, group CEO for Paratus said: “Paratus has always been ahead of the technology curve with our projects and client product offerings. Our data centre rollout is just the next phase in supplying customers with the best possible services.

“When Covid first hit our continent, we had already put services in place to meet their changing needs, so they could always confidently connect and access their data securely. With two operational data centres in Angola and the upcoming launch of our latest data centre in Zambia, we have the experience to offer services to businesses and multinationals in the region, giving them access to the latest best technology and 24/7 security.”

The company is also working on a new site in Namibia due to be brought online at a later date which will incorporate green building design elements, to reduce environmental impact.

Andrew Hall, MD of Paratus Namibia, said: “Such is the demand that, despite being in the construction stages, we have already signed up a large number of tenants. This is testament to their confidence in Paratus providing them with total data security.”

Paratus is managed by an operational team in six African countries including Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia. The business’ network extends to 28 African countries.

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