Upgrade promised for leading Ghanaian data centre

Upgrade promised for leading Ghanaian data centre

Ghana’s only Tier IV data centre has reportedly been bought by fund management group African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), which now promises to make the former Etix facility the largest data centre in the country.

According to the Datacenter Dynamics website, the fund, together with the management team of Onix Data Centres Ltd, described as the most advanced Tier 4 data centre in Europe, have acquired a majority stake in Ngoya Etix DC (Ghana) Ltd, a carrier-neutral data centre with a current capacity of 170 racks (expandable to 680 racks).

Ngoya Etix DC was a joint venture between European global data centre developer and operator Etix Everywhere and investment trusts Ngoya and Africa Investment Group (AIG). The Accra facility was first announced in late 2017.

The facility in the Greater Accra region is the only Uptime Institute-certified Tier IV data centre in the country. As part of the deal, made via AIIM’s flagship AIIF3 pan-African infrastructure fund, the facility will be expanded into what AIIM promises will be the largest in the country. It will be renamed Onix Accra 1.

Connectivity will be provided by Vodafone, Comsys Holdings Corp and CSquared Innovations Inc. Onix DC also has plans to install an internet exchange point (IXP) in the facility. The redeveloped centre will be partly powered by solar energy.

African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) develops and manages private equity infrastructure funds designed to invest long-term institutional unlisted equity in African infrastructure projects.

AIIM actively manages investments in East, West and Southern Africa and has equity under management of $2.0 billion, with a track record extending across seven African infrastructure funds.