Safaricom Ethiopia setting up a $100 million data centre in Addis Ababa

Safaricom Ethiopia is building a $100 million data centre in Addis Abeba. The new facility was designed and assembled in China before before being shipped to its final destination via Djibouti.

According to Addis Fortune, Safaricom’s executives say the data centre is part of the $300 million in new investment the new and first foreign entrant in Ethiopia’s mobile telephony sector has budgeted to spend during its first year of operations.

(TOP: Pedro Rabacal, the Chief Technology and Information Officer (CTIO) at Safaricom Ethiopia).

The telco plans to install similar data centres in Adama and Dire Dawa as it scales up operations, according to Pedro Rabacal, the Chief Technology and Information Officer (CTIO) at Safaricom Ethiopia.

Pedro Rabacal, a Vodacom Group veteran for 22 years, served for 7 years as the CTO for Vodacom Mozambique before being named to his current role at Safaricom Ethiopia. He was part of the 11-member executive team named by the telco in September last year. Prior to joining the Mozambique leadership team, Pedro led several key portfolios within Vodacom South Africa as well as Vodacom Group that pushed forward technology evolution from the early years of GPRS, on to 3G, 4G and recently the first deployment of 5G in Mozambique. Before joining Vodacom, he was the Regional CTO for South Africa’s telecoms industry regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

The Safaricom-led consortium was awarded the country’s first-ever private telecom operator’s license last year after bid of $850 million was picked as the winning offer. The company is expected to launch commercial operations in the coming months.

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