In March 2021, Meridiam partnered with Roha Africa to co-develop a platform of carrier-neutral, co-location data centres of international (Tier III) standard across Africa under the “Raxio” brand. The Project consists of the design, finance, construction and O&M of 10 sites (all modular data centres except for Uganda).
The project is developed in the context of the African economies leapfrogging and becoming increasingly digitalized thereby driving up the demand for the use of data centres, while available local capacity remains under-developed. The offerings cater the specific needs of financial services, telecoms, cloud service providers, corporates as well as government agencies.
The platform’s first site in Uganda opened in May 2021. The Ugandan site is located in Kampala Industrial and Business Park (KIBP) and will have a total IT load of 1.5 MW. The platform expects further data centres (c. 1.5MW each) to be built across at least six countries over the next few years.
Raxio has an up-to-date E&S Risk Assessment (based on IFC Performance Standards) in place. A group E&S and Sustainability Officer was hired in Q4 2022 and has been focusing on building E&S frameworks and finalising key E&S deliverables in the context of the senior debt financing. The project maintains good relations with key local stakeholders in each of its markets by building its network of data centres with a focus on environmental sustainability and with the objective of driving technological advancement in the region, Raxio delivers impact across a wide range of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), most notably SDG 8, 9 and 11.
In particular, Raxio is paying close attention at maximising the energy, carbon and water efficiencies of its design:
enabler for Africa's digitalization
Target to develop at least 10 data centres (15MW capacity) across Africa
optimize intra-African data traffic flows
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