SEACOM chooses Raxio for new data centre in UgandaJames Byaruhanga, the Raxio Data Centre General Manager, gives a briefing on the proposed facility expected to be completed by April next year.
SEACOM, a trendsetter in Africa’s network service provider business and an ICT enabler, has chosen Raxio Data Centre Limited, to jointly set up Uganda’s first carrier-neutral, enterprise-grade data centre scheduled to open by April 2020.
Tonny Tugee, the Managing Director of East Africa SEACOM said early this week, “This partnership with Raxio Uganda will be key as we drive to expand our business in this important market. Raxio Uganda’s new enterprise-grade facilities will ensure the delivery of a full range of services, in a stable, ‘always-on’ environment, to our customers in Uganda. We’re also excited about the potential to extend our relationship outside of Uganda, further augmenting the geographic reach and network infrastructure we can offer our customers.”
SEACOM wants to drive the Internet in Uganda closer to businesses, offering affordable, reliable and quality connectivity by highlighting the mutual benefit of the partnership.
SEACOM launched Africa’s first broadband submarine cable system along the continent’s Eastern and Southern coasts in 2009. Recently, the company launched Enterprise connectivity solutions in Uganda and the planned Raxio facility is touted to become the cornerstone of digitisation in the country, enabling customers to seamlessly cross-connect within the data centre. Officials say this will help to provide a consistent and reliable experience for SEACOM’s customers in the region.
Raxio Uganda was established by First Brick Holdings Inc, as the first of its network of state-of-the-art data centres across the region. At full capacity, Raxio Uganda will be able to accommodate up to 400 racks and deliver 1.5MW of power, in a fully redundant, high-security environment.
Robert Mullins, Executive Director at First Brick Holdings said, “Bringing SEACOM on-board is a testament to the growing recognition of Raxio Uganda as the go-to partner for cross-connects, delivering robust enterprise-grade, open access data infrastructure, optimised and deployed to meet our customers’ needs. We are also delighted with the opportunity to explore new opportunities to work together in the broader region.”
SEACOM is privately owned and operated, allowing the company the agility to rapidly tailor-make and deploy new services, commercial models, and infrastructure in response to customer requirements.