First Brick Plans To Build Five African Data Centres By 2021

The American investment firm is already building a major data centre in Uganda, which is expected go live later this year.

US-based First Brick Holdings has announced that “scoping is under way” for its $50m regional expansion in East and Southern Africa, with the funding and creation of several data centres across the region.

First Brick Holdings is proceeding with an expansion of its data centre investments across East Africa with a focus on Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania “high on the list”. First Brick plans to complete its data centre investments in the region within the next three years, with five Tier III data centres due to be live by 2021, it promises.

These investments will “open up new opportunities for financial services, governments and small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by addressing their mission-critical needs for data storage, business continuity and disaster recovery,” said the firm.

They will build on the company’s first investment in Uganda – Raxio Data Centre Ltd. Raxio has commenced construction of Uganda’s first state-of-the-art Tier III, carrier-neutral data centre in the Namanve Industrial and Business Park. The data centre will be able to house up to 400 racks, delivering 1.5MW of IT power, upon completion in December 2019.

Raxio has signed up its first customers, including local cloud services provider Hamilton Cloud Services (HCS).

Robert Mullins, executive director at First Brick Holdings, said: “Demand for data centre services in Africa is on the rise. This is being driven by improving connectivity levels, rising data traffic volumes and a growing demand for secure, stable operating environments for data traffic.”

He added: “We’re delighted at how Raxio Data Centre is progressing, with customers and carriers signing up and construction proceeding at a rapid pace. By building the data centre infrastructure with the needs of local, regional and global customers in mind, we can underpin continued growth in the African digital economy and connect Africa to the global data economy.”

First Brick Holdings Inc is a portfolio company of US-based investment firm Roha Group Inc.