New Safaricom data center to be established close to Addis Ababa

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The third new Safaricom data center will be constructed by Safaricom Ethiopia in the company’s ICT Park, near Addis Abeba’s Bole international airport. The company is a part of the Vodafone group and it recently began pilot services last month.

In order to construct the center, it inked a developed land sublease deal with Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC). Anwar Sousa said that they were happy to have a win-win partnership with IPDC. The latter will allow them to build their third data center in Ethiopia.

This partnership, according to the Safaricom Ethiopia CEO, comes just a year after it was awarded the unified telecommunications service license. The license was awarded in July 2021. 

What are the expected benefits of the new Safaricom data center in Ethiopia?

The Tier III telco cloud data center will contribute to the ambitious digitalization goals stated by the country’s digital strategy. This is according to Safaricom Ethiopia. In addition, the company said the data center would improve the availability of the latest technologies. Notably, in the industrial parks, to support the digitalization process, improving efficiency, transparency, as well as productivity.

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The technology will support IPDC initiatives. In addition, it will help to build a smart city inside the ICT park through targeted trials of innovative technologies.

Sandokan Debebe, CEO of IPDC, on the other, said that the construction of a modern data center in the ICT Park matches the park’s technological theme. Furthermore, he said it is an assurance that IPDC has reliable connections throughout all parks and digital spaces.

A memorandum of understanding between the two institutions provides the basis for a broad area of partnership. The partnership will enable ICT solutions to speed up Ethiopia’s digitalization. Moreover, it will enable Safaricom Ethiopia’s rollout of network infrastructure in industrial parks across the country.