Africa Data Centres plans data center in Kigali, Rwanda

Nov. 29, 2022
The company expects to use the facility to tie the country into the East African connectivity ecosystem with links to Uganda and from there to the Kenyan coast. Africa Data Centres operates a facility in Nairobi.

Africa Data Centres, a business of Cassava Technologies, has revealed plans to build a data center in Kigali, Rwanda. The facility will offer 2 MW of IT load. The company plans to break ground on the data center in the first quarter of 2023.

This will be Africa Data Centres’ first facility in Rwanda. The company expects to use the facility to tie the country into the East African connectivity ecosystem with links to Uganda and from there to the Kenyan coast. Africa Data Centres operates a facility in Nairobi, to which the new Rwandan data center will be linked.

"It is an exciting time for Africa Data Centres," said Tesh Durvasula, the company's CEO. "Our decision to build a data center in Kigali was an easy one, given Rwanda's robust economic recovery post the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government of Rwanda's focus on digital transformation.”

"This latest announcement adds to and complements our existing investments in Rwanda and elsewhere in East Africa,” added Hardy Pemhiwa, group president and CEO of Cassava Technologies. “We will work closely with both public and private enterprises in Rwanda to ensure that they can harness the benefits of our data center facility to enable the provision of digital services that Rwandan citizens need."

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Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, and more.

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