PAIX Data Centres, a Pan-African provider of cloud-and carrier-neutral colocation data centre services, has announced the construction of its Nairobi data centre for opening in November this year.

The new data centre facility in Kenya is part of the company’s accelerated Pan-African expansion, following its 2018 entry into the West African market with PAIX ACC1, the leading cloud- and carrier-neutral data centre in Accra, Ghana.

PAIX Nairobi-1, located at Britam Towers, the capital’s tallest office building and a prominent landmark in Upper Hill, will be the fourth data centre in Kenya, in a period where data storage facilities are becoming crucial for the store of zillions of data owned by listed companies the country’s economy.

Upper Hill is regarded as Nairobi’s financial district and commercial hub of East Africa with regional offices of various national and international financing institutions and multinationals.

“This highly connected location for PAIX Nairobi-1 is an ideal entry point into the Kenyan data centre market, we contribute to the strength of the infrastructure that enables the digital economy in Kenya. This will allow us to serve a diverse customer community, generating new business opportunities for all connected businesses,” said Wouter van Hulten, CEO of PAIX Data Centres on Wednesday.

Ambrose Dabani, the CEO Britam Life Assurance expressed his delight to host PAIX Data Centres at Britam Tower, an award winning and state-of-the-art building”.

“The arrival of PAIX Data Centres in Upper Hill enables the digital transformation of our business, an important building block for our future plans. It ensures that both Britam and our tenants have access to world class digital infrastructure, with access to all the major networks and cloud providers. This will further strengthen Upper Hill as the hub for business in Nairobi and Britam Tower as the building of choice,” he said.

The adjacent new office facilities of Britam Tower make the location very attractive for international customers that are considering to open offices in Nairobi and prefer close proximity and 24/7 access to their critical data infrastructure.

According to Jama Mohamed, Director of Frontier Optical Networks, the central location of PAIX Nairobi-1 makes this facility an ideal connectivity hub that strengthens the digital infrastructure of the city.

“The tower is ideally situated for both fibre and wireless networks, and we look forward to serving our customers in the area,” he said.

The new PAIX Nairobi-1 data centre will host 240 cabinets with a total power capacity of 1.5MVA, 690m2 of whitespace, and a guaranteed uptime of 99.982%.

“Building reliable communications infrastructure is at the heart of our business, and we look forward to serving PAIX clients with connectivity on our expanded network between Mombasa and Nairobi, and throughout Kenya,” said John Kamau, General Manager of Jamii Telecommunications Ltd.

The centre has been designed for concurrent maintainability according to world-class standards. The shared facilities will house PAIX clients’ computer equipment, and the company ensures it is a secure facility for mission critical IT infrastructure.

Pan-African wholesale internet provider, Workonline Communications, observed that the new data centre would be an addition to the growing ecosystem in East Africa.

“This facility goes a long way in meeting the increase in demand for well- connected and reliable colocation facilities in the region,” said Jackie Mwai, the company’s head of business development in East Africa.

The facility has ample fibre connectivity from all leading carriers, making the site highly suitable for PAIX’s interconnected customer community of internet service providers, telecom operators, cloud providers, content distribution networks, digital media and enterprises.

The project in Kenya is supported by the Dutch Good Growth Fund (“DGGF”) of the Dutch Government providing PAIX’s data centre projects with long term growth financing for its Pan-African expansion.

PAIX was founded in 2016 by a team of data centre, telecom industry and investment professionals with a track record in both European and African markets.

In its data centre operations, the company said it aims to offer a leading global quality of service to its national and international customer base across the African continent. PAIX Data Centres is a founding member of the Africa Data Centre Association.

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