Carrier-neutral data center infrastructure provider iColo has today announced the construction of its third data center in Kenya to be located in Nyali, Mombasa.
Called MBA2, the new data center is expected to be completed in Q1 of 2022 and set to provide an estimated capacity of 1.6MW megawatt and 1,200 square meters of IT space.
The expansion plans in East Africa are on track with this new facility which will host over 600 customer racks. The location of MBA2 is in close proximity to subsea cables landing points in Mombasa enabling iColo customers to deploy and connect their infrastructure at the new site. The company says this new facility will grow its African footprint and help connect approximately 1 billion people to the internet expanding its services to tap into Africa’s expanding internet economy.
“As a leading data center infrastructure provider, iColo plays a major role in supporting digital transformation strategies by enabling businesses to be connected and supported in real-time,” said iColo Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ranjith Cherickel.
“This new facility will be the gateway to 200 Million people living in the region bringing the content closer to the end user thereby reducing latency and improving internet experience for all. The size of the facility is also scaled to reflect the huge growth in connectivity that is unfolding in East Africa. We hope this new Data Center will be home to all new cables landing in the region” added Mr. Cherickel.
MBA2 is a greenfield build that is designed to deliver 99.999% uptime for power and cooling. The facility will be PCIDSS and ISO 27001 certified assuring iColo clients of the highest levels of security.
This expansion the company says demonstrates its commitment to ensure that Mombasa, which is the entry point for new subsea cable systems landing in East and Central Africa remains the premier connectivity hub in Africa.