Africa Data Centers, a business of Cassava Technologies, Pan-African technology group, has just announced its plan to build its first data center in Kigali, Rwanda, to ensure that the country becomes part of their ecosystem in East Africa.

Plan to break ground in the first quarter of 2023, the new data center is to deliver 2MW of IT, gear toward meeting the growing demand in the region. The company also intends to connect the new data center to their site in Nairobi while ensure that both public and private enterprises in Rwanda harness the benefits of the new facility.

“It is an exciting time for Africa Data Centers. Our decision to build a data center in Kigali was an easy one, given Rwanda’s robust economic recovery post the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government of Rwanda’s focus on digital transformation”, says Tesh Durvasula, CEO of Africa Data Centers.

Known to have built almost 9 data center facilities across Africa including Eastern, Southern and South Africa, with different locations such as Nairobi Kenya, and Lagos Nigeria, Africa Data Centers intends to extend the same experience to clients in Rwanda as it does in other countries.

“This latest announcement adds to and complements our existing investments in Rwanda and elsewhere in East Africa. We will work closely with both public and private enterprises in Rwanda to ensure that they can harness the benefits of our data center facility to enable the provision of digital services that Rwandan citizens need”, said Hardy Pemhiwa, Group President & CEO of Cassava Technologies.

In October, NTT Ltd., also announced the opening of a new data center in Johannesburg, South Africa, to expand its footprint to Africa. The facility which was codenamed Johannesburg 1, is to deliver a load capacity of 12MW with 6,000 square meters of IT space once fully developed.

Flexential, a US-based data center colocation, cloud and connectivity provider, also entered into Africa markets in May 2022, through a new partnership with Angola Cables, expanding its colocation and interconnection footprint to the Southern and West African markets.