Raxio Ethiopia, a subsidiary of Raxio Group, has acquired land at the ICT park on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. The land is set to host Ethiopia’s first private data center which is expected to be completed during the third quarter of the 2021 fiscal year.
Plans for the data centre are based on a December 2019 Memorandum of Understanding signed between Raxio and the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC).
The MoU formalized Raxio’s investment plans and the EIC’s commitment to facilitating the implementation of these plans, among which the acquisition of land in the ICT park was of primary concern. Sandokan Debebe, CEO of the Industrial Park Development Corporation, stresses the role that groups like Raxio are going to play in driving the current economic and technological reforms that Ethiopia is striving towards.
Raxio’s modules are designed to accommodate an IT-capacity of 1.5MW over the next few years, but retain the capacity to double that output on a need-by-need basis.
According to Raxio President Robert Mullins, Raxio’s facilities are designed to accommodate ventures like mobile network operators, content delivery networks, and financial service providers. He stressed the importance of this focus in providing key missing ingredients to Ethiopia’s digital infrastructure.
Raxio Group is a US-based portfolio company of Roha Group Inc. and is Eastern and Southern Africa’s primary platform for carrier-neutral, Tier III data centers. Raxio’s first data center project is currently under development in Uganda and its Ethiopian projects is the second venture it has undertaken.