Africa: Wingu.Africa opens a data center in Ethiopia

Jun 16, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Wingu.Africa, a data center corporation based in Djibouti, launched its data center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. When fully functional, the data center will be located in the Ethio ICT park, constructed on a 161,500-square-foot tract of land, with a capacity of 10MW across 800 racks. Minister of Technology and Innovation Belete Molla observed the grand opening and stated that the data center would play a crucial role in supporting Ethiopia's ICT sector growth and achieving digital transformation. Colocation facility development took two years and $50 million from Wingu.Africa to complete. The data center, constructed to Tier III specifications, will house the first Internet Exchange in Ethiopia.

The data center, according to the corporation, is the country's first carrier-neutral hyperscale data center park, announced in January 2021. Other projects are in progress at the Ethio ICT Park, including those by Raxio, Red Fox Web Solution, and ScutiX. Wingu.Africa holds data centers in four countries, including two in Djibouti, one in Somaliland, one in Tanzania, and now one in Ethiopia. Wingu.Africa announced earlier this year that it would expand its infrastructure in Djibouti. The company intends to construct a new Tier III-certified data center and cable landing station to house 11 cables. Additionally, it intends to expand its existing data centers and has signed contracts with "several strategic customers."

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