Seacom, Raxio data centre deal to boost connectivity solutions in Uganda




SEACOM has partnered with Raxio Data Centre, Uganda’s carrier-neutral, enterprise-grade data centre scheduled to launch in early 2020.

The move follows SEACOM’s recent launch of Enterprise connectivity solutions in Uganda.

Raxio facility in Uganda will become the cornerstone of digitisation in the country, enabling customers to seamlessly cross-connect within the data centre.  This will help to provide a consistent and reliable experience for SEACOM’s customers in the region.

(TOP: The Raxio Data Centre GM, James Byaruhanga, finalises the site tour with a recap of the final renders of the project).

As the global carrier partner, SEACOM will drive the Internet in Uganda closer to businesses, offering affordable, reliable and quality Internet connectivity – highlighting the mutual benefit of the partnership.

Raxio Uganda was established by First Brick Holdings as the first of its network of data centres across the region. As an open-access data centre, Raxio Uganda will offer a wide variety of connectivity options, providing diversity and flexibility for SEACOM’s customers. The new data centre, which is currently under construction and is set to be completed in Q1 2020, will operate according to Tier III standards facility. At full capacity, Raxio Uganda will be able to accommodate up to 400 racks and deliver 1.5MW of power, in a fully redundant, high-security environment.

Tonny Tugee, MD of East Africa, SEACOM explains: “This partnership with Raxio Uganda will be key as we drive to expand our business in this important market. Raxio Uganda’s new enterprise-grade facilities will ensure the delivery of a full range of services, in a stable, ‘always-on’ environment, to our customers in Uganda. We’re also excited about the potential to extend our relationship outside of Uganda, further augmenting the geographic reach and network infrastructure we can offer our customers.”

Robert Mullins, Executive Director at First Brick Holdings, Raxio Uganda’s parent company, adds: “Bringing SEACOM onboard is a testament to the growing recognition of Raxio Uganda as the go-to partner for cross-connects, delivering robust enterprise-grade, open access data infrastructure, optimised and deployed to meet our customers’ needs. We are also delighted with the opportunity to explore new opportunities to work together in the broader region”.

SEACOM launched Africa’s broadband submarine cable system along the continent’s Eastern and Southern coasts in 2009.

First Brick Holdings is a subsidiary of US-based investment firm, Roha Group which focuses on building profitable businesses across Africa. Its first data centre investment – Raxio Data Centre in Uganda – is scheduled to commercially launch in early 2020, while its second – Raxio Data Centre in Ethiopia – is currently under development and is expected to launch by the end of 2020. Investment plans are in place to expand across the East and Southern Africa region, building five additional facilities by 2022.

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