Pan-African operator Raxio Data Centres has launched a new facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Launched this week, the facility offers capacity for 800 racks, delivering up to 3MW of IT power.

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Raxio broke ground on the Tier III certified ET1 facility in March 2021, after buying land at the Ethio ICT Park in October 2020. The 2,000 sqm (21,525 sq ft) facility was originally set to go live in late 2021.

Bewket Taffere, general manager of Raxio in Ethiopia, said: "The launch of our flagship facility in Addis Ababa represents a major milestone in our journey at Raxio, and for our country. Our Tier III certification is testament to the caliber of solutions we are providing, and delivers our customers with the assurances they require that their equipment is in the best possible hands.”

Established in 2018, Raxio Group is part of the US-based Roha Group investment firm. Last year Raxio broke ground on data centers in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Maputo, Mozambique, and Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company also has data center developments in Tanzania, Angola, and a live facility in Uganda.

Robert Mullins, CEO of Raxio Group, said: “The launch of a new facility is always the culmination of a long and, at times arduous, journey – a journey of dedication, hard work, and bringing all our collective expertise at Raxio to bear.

"We are extremely proud to deliver such unique, first-of-its-kind vital infrastructure to Ethiopia, and are convinced that it will support Ethiopia’s ambitious goals for its continued digital transformation and digital inclusion initiatives.”

Raxio said this facility is the first of several the company plans to open in the next few months. Data centers in Mozambique, Ivory Coast, and DRC are due to open soon.

Mullins added: “With these facilities and more to follow later in 2024 and early 2025, we are continuing to execute on our promise of delivering world-class data center infrastructure across underserved markets in Africa.”

Other companies developing in Ethiopia in the same IT park include Wingu.Africa, Red Fox, Sun Data World, and ScutiX. Safaricom and Ethio Telecom have also launched pre-fab facilities in the capital.