Africa: WIOCC's OADC Breaks Ground On Data Center in Kinshasha, DRC

Feb 06, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

WIOCC's new data center platform, Open Access Data Centres (OADC), has commenced constructing a data center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This Monday, the firm announced on LinkedIn that its latest core plant in the DRC will be located in Kinshasa. The construction of the world-class, carrier-neutral data center located in Silikin Village is well advanced, and on pace for completion by mid-2023, the statement adds. 

In Nov 2021, WIOCC revealed that it had secured $200 million to create a new pan-African data center network called Open Access Data Centres (OADC). OADC is preparing several main data centers throughout the continent and deploying hundreds of small Edge sites in South Africa. The firm has opened facilities in Lagos, Nigeria; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Durban, South Africa. Two facilities will shortly open in Cape Town, South Africa. About 30 Edge sites have been introduced in South Africa. The company has not referenced the Mogadishu, Somalia site in recent statements. OADC has said in the past that it intends to construct facilities in up to 20 African nations, including Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; Kinshasa, DRC; Accra, Ghana; and Mombasa and Nairobi, Kenya. 

African wholesale network company WIOCC was established in 2008 and is a member of the Europe India Gateway (EIG), Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), Telecom Egypt North (TE North), West Africa Cable System (WACS), the Facebook-led 2Africa cable systems, and SouthEast Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5).