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Expansion of Africa Data Centre Samrand facility from 10MW to 40MW on the expansion of its Samrand facility in Johannesburg , from 10MW to 40MW of IT load .

“ The expansion will happen in multiple phases ,” said Tesh Durvasula , CEO , Africa Data Centres . “ The construction of the first phase is starting today and will deliver 20MW across eight data halls by 2023 . The next phase will include an additional 10MW of IT load by the end of 2025 . The infrastructure will be fully modular with all critical plant rooms being prefabricated off-site .”
The company recently said it is expanding its capacity in Johannesburg to 100MW of IT load . This announcement comes hot on the heels of the recent launch of a new 10MW data centre at the company ’ s campus in Midrand and the expansion of the organisation ’ s operations in Accra , Ghana .
Tesh Durvasula , CEO of Africa Data Centres
“ This is a step forward in the organisation ’ s massive expansion plans announced in September , the most ambitious data centre expansion plans Africa has ever seen ,” said Durvasula .

Africa Data Centres , a business of Cassava Technologies , a pan- African technology group , announced that it has broken ground

This will see the data centre giant building large hyper-scale data centres across Africa , including the top five data centre markets in North Africa , namely Morocco , Tunisia , Kenya , South Africa and Egypt .

Mobily joins the new cable system consortium Africa-1

Etihad Etisalat ( Mobily ) announced joining the new Africa-1 cable system consortium , strengthening Saudi Arabia ’ s connectivity with various locations across the Middle East , Africa and Europe through advanced connection capacities , new routes integrated with Mobily ’ s national networks across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and border link points with telecommunication networks in neighbouring countries .

The new consortium encompasses Mobily , the only telecommunication company from the Kingdom , in addition to other regional and global service providers .
By joining the Africa-1 consortium , Mobily plays a pivotal role in boosting KSA ’ s digital infrastructure , in line with Saudi Vision 2030 , aiming to provide a faster and more reliable internet connection . This step will also enable stronger telecommunication services to meet the needs of Mobily customers across both public and private sectors in their quest for Digital Transformation .
Thamer AlFadda , Senior Vice President of Wholesale and Carrier Services at Mobily , said : “ Mobily continues its commitment to supporting Digital Transformation programmes and empowering the Saudi
Vision 2030 objectives . By joining the Africa-1 consortium , we are seeking to positively impact various local sectors by adding a new line to the global telecommunications network across the Kingdom . This will enhance resources available to our various clients locally and regionally by providing a direct connection to global strategic locations .” p
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