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IXAfrica Announces Major Deal with Tilisi to Establish Second Data Centre Campus in Nairobi, Kenya

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IXAfrica Data Centre a developer and operator of hyperscale-ready data centers in East Africa, and Tilsi Developments, a real estate developer, have signed a deal that will see IXAfrica purchase 11 acres of prime land for the construction of its second data centre campus in Nairobi, Kenya, a major leap forward in advancing the data center infrastructure in East Africa.

The initial estimates point to an impressive 30MW+ facility.

In a statement, Guy Willner, Chairman of IXAfrica said, “This expansion reaffirms our commitment to the region and our belief in its immense potential for growth and technological advancement. With Tilisi’s industrial parks, high-quality development, reliable power and water supply, fresh air, and advantageous altitude for free cooling, this new campus will provide an ideal environment for our data center operations. With latency sub-5ms between the two campuses the distance satsfies the maxima and minima requirements for hyperscale deployments.”

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IXAfrica, a carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre operator provides world-class and highly resilient data centre infrastructure to create a vital part of the internet backbone of East Africa. With a Nairobi Campus One overall design capacity of 22.5MW iXAfrica has the largest datacentre project in the Greater East African region, serving a total population of 300 million people.

The campus is situated close to the main fibre optic communications arteries and is in close proximity to major and resilient electrical connections, capable of delivering high-availability and low-carbon power. Over 80% of Kenya’s electricity is generated from renewable/clean energy sources.

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The new data centre campus in East Africa is expected to cater to the increasing demand for cloud computing services, digital transformation, and edge computing applications in the region. By providing state-of-the-art infrastructure, green power availability, advanced security measures, and efficient cooling solutions, IXAfrica is poised to play a pivotal role in bolstering East Africa’s technology landscape.

Tilisi is a renowned real estate development company known for creating vibrant and sustainable business environments. With a focus on innovation, Tilisi’s 400 acres development offers top-notch industrial parks, commercial spaces, and residential developments that promote economic growth and urbanization. Situated 30KM North of Nairobi CBD, Tilisi has infrastructure benefits ranging from main arterial roads around it, backed by a growing number of fibre networks, Tilisi Power Company a licensed power distribution utility entity, licensed by EPRA and owned by Tilisi Developments PLC.

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“Our collaboration with IXAfrica is a testament to Tilisi’s appeal as an investment hub for developers. This partnership bolsters our standing as a premier infrastructure developer in the region.” said Graeme Reid Tilisi CEO.

Richard Hechle, Managing Director of Dimension Data East & West Africa, said “This expansion signifies not only enhanced capacity but also a gateway to further connectivity options, enabling us to deliver seamless and high-performance solutions to our customers. We look forward to leveraging this strategic move to catalyze innovation, foster growth, and ultimately elevate the connectivity experience for our clients.”

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James Musoba
James Musoba
Studying Africa's startup and technology scene. I always look forward to discovering new exciting inventions and vibrant entrepreneurs.

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