Expanding Africa’s Internet Economy: iColo’s Third Data Center

The World today is highly dependent on a strong digital infrastructure and Kenya has seen the digital economy grow to significant levels in the past 10 years. The demand of the digital economy in Kenya has seen the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector grow an average of 10.8% annually since 2016.


As a leading data center infrastructure provider in Kenya, iColo has steadily been on a growth trajectory since the first data center opened in Mombasa in 2017, the second in Nairobi, 2019 and now constructing the third data center facility, MBA2 in Nyali Mombasa. This new facility is positioned to grow the African footprint connecting approximately 1 billion people in the region to the internet.


Mombasa is a landing point for subsea cable systems and is a gateway to 200 million people living in the region. This new data center brings access to content closer to the end user reducing latency and improving the internet experience for all. Africa’s expanding internet economy needs strong digital foundations to harness the potential of the digital economy and MBA2 is designed to reflect the huge growth in connectivity that is unfolding in East Africa. MBA2 is on track to open in Q1 of 2022 and this expansion will ensure Mombasa remains the premier connectivity hub in Africa.


With more companies choosing cloud computing and remote working at the core of their operations, MBA2 is purpose built for future-ready organisations and positioned to be a backbone of enterprise IT. The new data center will have an estimated capacity of 1.6MW and 1,200 square meters of IT space and over 600 customer racks. The data center is a greenfield build that is designed to deliver 99.999% uptime for power and cooling while being PCIDSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) and ISO 27001 certified assuring clients of the highest levels of security and infrastructure.


With an expanded data center footprint in the region, iColo is building highly connected hubs that are essential components of doing business in today’s digital world.