Kenyan data centre provider iColo expands into Mozambique

iColo, a Kenyan carrier-neutral data centre provider with campuses in Mombasa and Nairobi, says it has opened its first data centre in Mozambique.

The launch of the MPM1 data centre on Africa’s southeast coast expands iColo’s footprint and supports the growing connectivity needs of the eastern coast of Africa, driven, inevitably, by the growth of subsea cables.

The 9,500 square metre campus is located in Maputo. MPM1 provides approximately 350 square metres of rentable space, equivalent to approximately 80 racks in the first phase of development. It will be able to accommodate further upgrades.

Mozambique is connected to two subsea cables, with a third cable system, 2Africa, landing in Mozambique in February this year. iColo says its Maputo facility will be the local landing point for critical equipment for the 2Africa cable system.

iColo is part of Digital Realty, the largest global provider of cloud and carrier-neutral data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions.

The enhanced connectivity in Maputo is expected to improve cloud and content accessibility, increase digitisation, improve the online experience for local businesses and consumers and support a more inclusive digital society through Digital Realty’s global data centre platform, PlatformDIGITAL.

The Data Centre Dynamics website quotes Jose Almeida, General Manager, iColo Mozambique, as saying: “This new data centre is a significant milestone in the development of the internet in Mozambique, bringing high-quality, reliable colocation solutions with a longstanding record of operational excellence. This highly connected campus will provide a bedrock for strong data growth in the country and on the entire African continent.”