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The group expects to complete up to 10-12 data centres investments across Africa to meet the increased demand for local storage and data hosting in the region.
Co-founder and Editor, The Tech Capital
August 25, 2021 | 12:00 AM BST
Private equity-funded operator Raxio Group has selected Master Power Technologies to support the company’s data centre expansion projects across several African countries.
Raxio, owned by the Roha Group, has currently plans to build up to 12 centres in Africa by 2024.
The company last expansion was announced in July in partnership with investment firm Africa Century Real Estate and it concerned a new carrier-neutral data centre in Mozambique due to come online in 2022.
Raxio Mozambique’s facility in Maputo will the fourth data centre in the Raxio Group’s growing portfolio, which includes Raxio Uganda, Raxio Ethiopia, and Raxio Kinshasa, in the DRC.
Robert Mullins, CEO of Raxio Group, said: “Working with Master Power allows us to accelerate our expansion through a more streamlined and optimized design-to-commissioning process across multiple sites.
“Master Power’s long-established track-record of successful installations across the African continent and a highly-skilled team, as well as its ability to tailor its solutions to meet the requirements of our unique design were key criteria in our selection process.”
According to the latest data from advisory firm Arizton, the Africa data centre market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 15% during the period 2020−2026, when it will reach $5 billion.
Increasing internet penetration, adoption of cloud, and migration from on-premises to colocation and managed data centres is driving the data centre demand in Africa.
Master Power CEO Menno Parsons, added: “Digital infrastructure is desperately needed in Africa as connectivity becomes available to more of the population. Working with Raxio to build its next suite of data centres is critical in helping to support the growing demand for colocation services across the region, and we are very pleased to be able to support the rollout of such unique, next-generation facilities.”
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