icolo.io a provider of carrier-neutral colocation data centre services, today announced that it has broken ground for a new Data Centre in Mombasa, Kenya. When complete, the data centre (“MBA 1”) will provide 180 cabinets for customer use with up to 675KW of available customer power.

This Data Center is a purpose-built building that spans over 13,000 sqft of built up area and with redundant power and its own back-up generators, precision cooling and pre-cabled inter connect infrastructure. The Data Center is designed and will be built to Uptime Institute’s Tier 3 standard.

The full construction of MBA 1 is estimated to cost Ksh400million to Ksh1billion.   icolo.io’s open access Data Centre will provide colocation services i.e. rack space, power, cooling and physical security and redundant connectivity through carriers that will provide networking solutions directly to its customers. icolo.io will provide remote hand services and high level technical support to its customers.

This Data Center will serve major businesses in the East African region ranging from internet service providers, telecom service providers, financial institutions and medical facilities among others. “icolo.io’s vision is to build a Pan-African network of vendor & carrier neutral Data Centers that provide first class colocation services to its clients” said Ranjith Cherickel, founder of icolo.io.

Mombasa is the landing point for all undersea fibre cables to Kenya and other landlocked countries in East Africa, making it an attractive location for international carriers to interconnect with the region. With this new Data Center, Mombasa will soon become the Gateway to Africa for all the major internet players and carriers coming to the region.

“We are finalising plans for a larger site in Nairobi and expect that it will be fully functional in the third quarter of 2016. This will also be a highly connected site hosting all the major network providers present with the aim of becoming the premier colocation service provider in Kenya,” said Mr Cherickel.

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