icolo.io officially announced the commencement of construction for its Nairobi Data Center in February 2018 to sustain the need of expansion of local data centers as there are currently no carrier neutral data centers in Nairobi.
The data center operator stated that the Nairobi One (NBO1) is located in Karen, Nairobi and will be ready for business in November 2018, making it the second data center the company has built.
“With the unparalleled growth in the internet and the explosion of digital data in Kenya, we are very excited to build a truly carrier neutral data center in the heart of the African digital economy. With our new data center, we are able to offer redundancy, reliability, choice of connectivity partners and flexibility to our colocation customers” said Ranjith Cherickel, Chief Executive Officer at icolo.io late 2016 during the ground breaking session.
icolo.io also started providing commercial services at its carrier neutral Data Center (‘MBA1’) in Mombasa since September 2017.
Mombasa One (MBA1) is a purpose built building in a 2,400m² compound with an ability to provide up to 900kw of IT load for 226 racks. The single storey structure is equipped with over 550m² of IT space with two separate dedicated Meet-Me rooms for the local network providers to bring diverse routes into the site. MBA1 is designed and built with concurrent maintainability to achieve a commitment of 99.999% uptime.
‘MBA1 will reposition Mombasa as the Gateway to Africa from a connectivity perspective. The lack of true carrier neutral has meant that large international customers have passed East Africa over in favour of other locations in Africa to deploy services’ said Ranjith.
Mombasa One will have significant connectivity to the sub-sea cable system infrastructure and will also become a core node for all terrestrial networks reaching out into the rest of East and Central Africa.
‘By opening our site in Mombasa, Kenyan enterprises have an opportunity to build a real disaster recovery location to be compliant with distance requirements of global business continuity practices’ concluded the CEO.