Prefabricated data center specialist Flexenclosure is setting up two facilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for East African ICT company ERP Software Technologies (ERPST).

ERPST is involved in a major IT infrastructure deployment for the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), and Flexenclosure’s ‘eCentres’ will manage and run ERC’s digital activities as the rail network expands across the country.

Addis Ababa Light Rail
Addis Ababa Light Rail – Wikimedia Commons/Turtlewong

Right on track

“Ethiopia is engaging in a highly ambitious railway construction program as the government lays the foundations for future economic growth,” Mark Nycander Ali, CEO and owner of ERPST, said.

“ERPST is playing a central and vital role in the project and we needed a tried and tested data center solution we could rely on. With their track record of successful deployments across Africa, Flexenclosure’s eCentre was the obvious choice.”

David King, CEO of Flexenclosure, added: “We are delighted to be working with ERPST on this project. Ethiopia is new country for us, increasing Flexenclosure’s and eCentre’s deployment footprint across the African continent.”

Construction has begun on the two data center modules, which will be shipped from Vara, Sweden, to Ethiopia later this year. As we detailed in our feature on setting up facilities in frontier markets, Flexenclosure has used this prefabricated model to great success across much of the developing world.

With this latest deal, King said: “We now supply our products in no less than 21 African nations, proving our experience and ability to deliver mission critical infrastructure in the most challenging of environments.”