Telco Orange has launched a new data center in Gaborone, Botswana.

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– Orange Botswana

“Hello from the new Orange Data Center at the Botswana Digital & Innovation Hub!” Orange Botswana posted on LinkedIn this week. “This is the first Tier III data center in Botswana and third in Southern Africa.”

ITWeb Africa reports the telco invested $5.2 million in the project, located in the Botswana Digital Innovation Hub Science and Technology Park in the capital city.

Specifications of the new Uptime-certified Tier III facility weren’t shared.

Nene Maiga, Orange Botswana CEO, said the center “creates an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas, development of groundbreaking solutions, and acceleration of technological progress within Botswana and beyond."

Though Orange claims to operate the first Tier III facility in the country, Uptime lists a Tier III certified facility from BoFiNet and a government-owned Tier IV data center on its site, both also in Gaborone.

Orange launched its 5G network in Botswana last year. The telco operates data centers across Africa, including in Egypt, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Morroco, and Burkina Faso.