Wingu.africa, a pan-African actor who has been operating for ten years in the development and operation of data centers in Africa, with international experience and many global telecommunications companies as clients, announces the establishment of a hyperscale data center in the ICT park in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A second installation, planned for Adama, should complement the group's efforts on behalf of its customers and young Ethiopians.
The Addis Ababa facility, located in the Addis ICT park, on 15,000 m² of land, is intended to provide solutions to companies requiring server hosting for their critical services and operations. “We are excited to be part of the ICT development in Ethiopia with our new hyperscale data centers. Our commitment to Ethiopia is to provide a safe, secure and stable platform for the many talented Ethiopians, including young entrepreneurs with vision and ambition.”, indicates the co-founder and CEO of wingu.africa, Anthony VOSCARIDES.
"Ethiopia is a natural extension of other facilities in our group, and we are delighted to be the first to lead the way"
Wingu.africa is also committed to developing the sector and contributing to the country with social incentives and programs. “Ethiopia is a natural extension of our group’s other facilities, and we are delighted to be the first to lead the way with a plan to launch commercial service later this year,” continues Anthony VOSCARIDES. Supported by the Ethiopian Investment Commission, the company further emphasizes, its investment is a "strong demonstration of its commitment" to the economic development of the country and the facilitation of the critical ICT sector.
Only 1.3% of global Data Centers are located on the continent
With the arrival of several international cables on each side of the African continent, Africa is witnessing the development of Data Centers. A market, more than strategic, estimated at 500 million dollars, according to figures from the firm Xalam Analytics, in which the global giants are already positioned, Microsoft and Amazon, while emerging African players, Africa Data Centers, the Moroccan N + One or PAIX Data Centers. But while South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti, Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria are already in the race, only 1.3% of global data centers are located on the continent.
The development of Data Centers on the continent will promote economic growth in all sectors (banking sector and in particular mobile payment, but also agriculture, health, etc.) and will help raise digital Africa to the rank of technological leader.
Meanwhile, Rack Centre (a Tier 3 neutral data center that provides data colocation, interconnect and cloud services in Nigeria) is announcing an investment program to increase its total storage capacity in west Africa. The company will invest US $100 million to deploy an additional 6,000 m² of storage space, providing 13 MW of computing power capacity, at its Lagos campus. While Senegal announces, by the end of 2021, the delivery of its Digital Technologies Park (PTN), the country's first IT Park to meet international standards, which will be erected on 25 hectares in Diamniadio, the new urban hub, 40 km from Dakar.