South African data centre operator Raxio Group has launched its first data centre facility in Mozambique.

Raxio Mozambique (Raxio MZ1), located at MozParks’ Beluluane Industrial Park on the outskirts of the country’s capital Maputo, is said to be the first Tier 3 Uptime Certified data centre (full N+1 redundancy of all systems) in the country.

It offers a “neutral connectivity environment” and allows customers to cross-connect with local and international carriers. It is hoped that the facility will enhance internet connectivity in Mozambique and neighbouring areas.

Raxio MZ1 was established with an investment of over $20m as part of a wider $290m investment strategy through which Raxio intends to build 10 new data centres across Africa by 2027.

Having also established data centres in Ethiopia and Uganda, Raxio plans to add more locations in Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola in 2024.

The company is backed by global investor Meridiam Infrastructure Partners and US private equity firm Roha Group.

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Speaking at an inauguration event for the new facility, Robert Mullins, CEO of Raxio Group, said: “We are excited to be a critical cornerstone in supporting the growth of the country’s evolving digital economy, helping to accelerate the adoption of digital tools and services across industries.”

He was also quoted by Bloomberg as saying in an interview: “Our base business plan includes a portfolio of 10 data centre facilities, and the funding package we have in place now with the debt and equity covers that. This year we are opening five new facilities across as many African markets.”