iColo Announces Opening of MPM1 Data Center in Maputo

Centrally located facility to offer robust connectivity and subsea cable landing capability to enhance the internet experience in Mozambique.


Maputo, Mozambique: 7th Feb 2023 – iColo: A Digital Realty Company (NYSE: DLR), Kenya’s first carrier-neutral data center provider, today announced the opening of its first data center in Maputo, Mozambique (“MPM1”). The establishment of this new data center on Africa’s southeast coast expands the company’s footprint and complements its strategy to provide world-class colocation facilities that support the growing connectivity needs along the eastern coast of Africa, driven by the growth of subsea cables.


After successfully developing and operating the Mombasa and Nairobi campuses in Kenya, iColo is expanding into the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. The 9,500 square meter campus is located in the heart of Maputo on Avenida Lenine. MPM1 provides approximately 350 square meters of net rentable space, enough capacity to host approximately 80 racks in the first phase of development and is designed to accommodate further upgrades based on customer demand.


“We are committed to enhancing internet connectivity in Mozambique by establishing this new facility, especially with the advent of new high-capacity cable systems landing along the coast of Mozambique. We are very excited about the growth potential of this market,” says Ranjith Cherickel, CEO at iColo.


Mozambique, a country with 32 million people, is currently connected to two subsea cables with a third cable system, the high capacity 2Africa cable, landing in Mozambique in February 2023.  The cable, the largest subsea fiber-optic cable system ever, nearly circumnavigates Africa and connects to multiple interconnection points in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The 2Africa cable is expected to greatly enhance the connectivity in Mozambique and support growth of the local economy.


iColo’s Maputo facility – designed as a digital hub – will be the local landing point for critical equipment for the 2Africa cable system. The enhanced connectivity is expected to improve cloud and content accessibility, increase digitization, improve the online experience for local businesses and consumers, while helping to build a broad and more inclusive digital society across the world through Digital Realty’s global data center platform, PlatformDIGITAL®.


“This new data center is a significant milestone in the development of the internet in Mozambique, bringing high-quality, reliable colocation solutions with a longstanding record of operational excellence. This highly connected campus will provide a bedrock for strong data growth in the country and on the entire African continent,” says Jose Almeida, General Manager, iColo Mozambique.


About iColo: A Digital Realty Company

iColo: A Digital Realty Company designs, builds, and operates state of the art carrier neutral data centres in Kenya and Mozambique to serve a broad spectrum of clients – telecom carriers, ISPs and peering points, IT and cloud providers, content providers, enterprise, and financial services customers. As part of Digital Realty’s data center platform, PlatformDIGITAL®, the company enables customers with a global connected data community of 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 27 countries on six continents. For more information, please visit www.icolo.io or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.


About Digital Realty

Digital Realty brings companies and data together by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company’s global data center platform, provides customers with a secure data meeting place and a proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture (PDx™) solution methodology for powering innovation and efficiently managing Data Gravity challenges. Digital Realty gives its customers access to the connected data communities that matter to them with a global data center footprint of 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 27 countries on six continents. To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit digitalrealty.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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