By: our Staff writer
Addis Ababa (June 15, 2023): Ethiopia’s digital economy received a significant boost as wingu.africa group limited (Wingu), a leading data center organization focused on East Africa, revealed its groundbreaking data center facility during an exclusive launch event held at the ICT Park in Addis Ababa.
The new data center, the first of its kind in Ethiopia, is designed to provide uninterrupted services to customers, boasting independent backup systems for power, cooling, and network connectivity. Its carrier and cloud-neutral infrastructure, meaning the center does not favor or have exclusive agreements with any specific telecommunication carrier or network service provider, ensures flexibility and choice for businesses seeking reliable and cost-effective solutions.
Key features of the Wingu data center include: Location which is Situated within the country’s ICT Park, the data center is part of Wingu’s expansive 15,000 square meter plot, dedicated to developing a state-of-the-art data center campus.
Investment and Expansion: With an estimated investment of 50 million USD the main data center facility marks the culmination of 24 months of construction and commissioning. Wingu plans to further expand its operations across different regions of Ethiopia to meet the growing demands of the economy.
Connectivity and Content Providers: The data center will act as the host for Ethiopia’s first Internet Exchange Point (IXP) and facilitate additional data capacity through connectivity to global fiber optic cable systems. Major content providers such as Meta, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Alibaba, Microsoft, and Google are also expected to be drawn to the data center’s services.
Digital Transformation: Wingu’s carrier-neutral data center acts as a comprehensive solution provider, offering a wide range of services to customers. It contributes to Ethiopia’s vision of digital transformation and reinforces the country’s aspiration to become an ICT hub for East Africa.
The launch event, attended by notable figures from the private and public sectors, including regional and global partners, highlighted Ethiopia’s progress in technology and data centers, with government ministers acknowledging the potential to attract global tech giants, foster collaboration among stakeholders, and strengthen Ethiopia’s position in the global digital landscape.
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