icolo's Nairobi One Data Center
On 2nd November, we announced the build of our Nairobi One Data Center. The project is situated on land-leased form Catholic University of East Africa that is also home to the IBM research lab. The site will be built in two phases which will be able to provide 268 cabinets to customer use with up to 800KW of available IT power.
Our Nairobi data center is strategically located 8.4km from Wilson airport and 23.7km from Jomo Kenyatta International airport and is within commuting distance to the center of Nairobi.
icolo.io’s Nairobi One data center is a purpose built building that spans over 27,000sqft of built up area with redundant power complete with its own back up generators, precision cooling and pre-cabled inter connect infrastructure. The first phase will be ready in July 2017.
NBO1’s open access data center will provide colocation services i.e.. rack space, power, cooling and physical security. It will also provide remote hand services and high level technical support to our customers. This data center will serve major businesses in East Africa ranging from internet service providers, telecom service providers, financial institutions and medical facilities among others. The connectivity needs to our customers will be served directly by the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) present in our data center.
Watch icolo's NBO1 ground breaking video at CUEA:
Mombasa One Data Center End Year Progress
It’s just great ending the year on a good note. December has been a good month at MBA1. It’s going to be a busy start to the new year as we work on completing the site, let us take a look back at how we have developed during the past couple of months.
- Construction of transformer house and trenches for bringing in utility power to the site was completed.
Ramps and floor slabs cast and cured with transformer house
Sleeves accommodated into the walls to allow the future installation of cables, pipes and fiber optics
- The main structure of the building was erected and mounted.
- The sub base for the concrete floor and the construction of the power sub station was completed.
View from above power sub station roof during construction
PVC pipes being inserted into concrete pipes in power trenches for easy pulling of high tension cables now and in the future
- The walls came up and almost all external trenching works for installation of high-tension cables and data cables were finished.
View of exterior walls and corridors from future customer room
View of exterior walling around the completed steel work
- The last concrete slabs are now poured, and they will cure over the Christmas break. This means that the building is now complete and we are moving on to the finishing touches.
- Sanitary ware has all been selected, the epoxy floor coatings are ready, fire doors are clearing at the port, and all the many tiny bits and pieces that make up the building are all coming together.
- We now have shipping arrival dates for mid – January for fire suppression system, and cooling equipment.
- We have opted for the cataphoric coatings on the cooling equipment to make sure that the sea doesn’t’t cause any damage to our condensers over time, helping us achieve the promised up times.
Concreting in progress for the floor slabs
Preparations are on full swing before casting the floor slabs in the white space and technical rooms
Plastering and masonry walls in progress
Light gauge steel secondary beams at ceiling of the white space and technical rooms from which the heavy load of cable trays is suspended. These will also support the second/inner roof
CMC Networks - a supplier of data connectivity services in Africa and the Middle East
Shortlisted for a best African project award in the Global Carrier Awards 2016 – CMC Networks is a global telecommunications carrier headquartered out of Johannesburg and Mauritius, providing services for over 27 years, serving the data communications needs of wholesale carriers and government clients across the globe. CMC Networks owns in excess of 104 global pops, which are integrated into other wholesale carrier partner networks in order to deliver a global wholesale footprint to the carrier community. This insures a cost effective, scalable and resilient network that is committed to the wholesale environment and their respective clients.
Earlier this year, CMC extended their global reach by opening a USA entity (CMC Networks, Inc.) with imminent plans to open an office within the Washington DC, Metropolitan area. The CMC Networks Carrier Interconnect Model enables delivery into the USA, Europe, UAE, India, Australia and various African aggregation points. CMC Networks provides its clients the broad portfolio of Carrier Grade Network Solutions including: Ethernet, MPLS, DIA and Private Line Services.
In July, CMC expanded its Network-to-Network Interface (NNI) and partnership programme reach by finalizing the partnership and interconnect with Ethio Telecom to provide MPLS services to their carrier base and Virtual Network Operator (VNO) clients. They will be expanding their operations to include the Ethiopia services into Africa and Middle East.
This month icolo had the opportunity to interview Michael Erotocritou, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing to give us a an insider on their presence in Africa and growth strategy in Kenya.
Tell us about CMC strategy for the region and what growth you expect to see? CMC’s strategy is to develop East Africa into a regional hub, and Kenya will play a major role as a transit point into the Middle East and Asia.
Who are the customers you are looking to target? CMC’s core business is the wholesale carrier space. Other vertical markets include governments, system integrators and value added resellers.
How will data growth in Kenya evolve over the coming years? Kenya’s telecommunication market has undergone considerable change since the landing of large capacity, via the four fiber optic international submarine cables deployed in recent years. The dramatic increase in international bandwidth not only ended the countries dependence on limited and expensive satellite bandwidth, but the 90% fall in the cost of broadband access ensured that services have been made affordable for a large section of the population.
What services does CMC provide in Africa? We supply Data Services, Ethernet, MPLS, DIA, carrier services and VSAT.
What is your presence in Kenya and East Africa? CMC has 3 POPs in Kenya; we have the largest presence in East Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar and Mauritius.
Why is a carrier neutral data center important for your strategy? CMC is vendor agnostic and one of the value adds is to have a choice of local loop suppliers to enable CMC to procure best of breed technology at optimal pricing level.
Meet Our Team
Sajid has worked with icolo for the past 3 months. His career with us started right after he completed graduate school with an MBA from the University of South Wales. At icolo, Sajid handles business development initiatives assisting on identifying potential customers, working on developing sales strategies and road maps.
Prior to icolo, Sajid worked for his family business where he gained experience in Forex Trading and Transport Logistics.
Sajid is passionate about health and nutrition and is a district level target shooting gold medal winner. He loves acting in local plays and is a video game enthusiast.
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