EXPANDING ITS FOOTPRINT TO AFRICA
IT infrastructure and services company NTT Ltd., has announced the opening of its latest data center in Johannesburg, South Africa, expanding its footprint to Africa.
Codenamed Johannesburg 1, the new data center will deliver a load capacity of 12MW with 6,000 square meters of IT space once fully developed. NTT expects the facility to serve hyperscalers and enterprises, providing NTT’s full ICT stack of services, including managed hybrid cloud, network management, collaboration, security, and application monitoring.
“We’re incredibly proud to be investing in Johannesburg and extending our global data center footprint to South Africa. The country forms a significant part of NTT’s growth strategy as we continue to support Africa’s digital transformation. The opening of Johannesburg 1 will contribute towards the economic growth and social development of the region, as our clients shape the country of tomorrow,” said Florian Winkler, CEO, Global Data Centers EMEA, NTT Ltd.
“Our presence in Africa is underpinned by the significant digital change we’re seeing across the continent. Companies providing new digital services need data center space with high power density, global connectivity, carrier neutrality, cloud network access, and on-site support to ensure they can continue to grow,” added Michael Abendanon, Head of MEA, Global Data Centers EMEA, NTT Ltd.
The announcement follows another recent opening of NTT’s new data center site in Berlin, Germany. Codenamed Berlin 2, the new facility which is located about 14km from the existing NTT Berlin 1 data center site, is opened with a maximum total IT capacity of 24MW on about 10,000 square meters of IT space across the first two data center buildings. NTT further plans to channel CO2-free waste heat from the data center to buildings around the site.
In September, NTT also announced the commencement of its sixth data center construction in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. Codenamed CBJ6, the new data center is expected to complement the operations of NTT’s Cyberjaya 5 data center (CBJ5) to collectively offer about 20,000 square meters of space with a total load capacity of 22MW. NTT plans to invest over USD 50 million for the new data center development.