IXAfrica Data Centre Limited, a leading developer and operator of hyperscale-ready data centres in East Africa, and Tilisi Developments Plc, a premier real estate developer have announced a groundbreaking transaction in which IXAfrica is purchasing 11 acres of prime land for the construction of its second data centre campus in Nairobi, Kenya.
The agreement marks a significant milestone for both companies and represents a major leap forward in advancing the data centre infrastructure in East Africa. Due diligence is currently underway to determine the exact size of the campus, with initial estimates pointing to an impressive 30MW+ facility.
Mr Guy Willner, Chairman of IXAfrica, expressed his strong support for the prospect of offering a second site for hyperscalers looking to enter East Africa. “This expansion reaffirms our commitment to the region and our belief in its immense potential for growth and technological advancement,” Mr Willner said.
He noted that with Tilisi’s industrial parks, high-quality development, reliable power and water supply, fresh air, and advantageous altitude for free cooling, this new campus would provide an ideal environment for our data center operations. “With latency sub-5ms between the two campuses the distance satisfies the maxima and minima requirements for hyperscale deployments,” Mr Willner added
Mr Graeme Reid, the Tilisi CEO, is positive about the strategic partnership formed with IXAfrica, emphasizing Tilisi’s attractiveness as a prime investment destination for developers. Mr Reid stated that, “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.”
Mr 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,” he said.
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.