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ADC injects Sh20b into Kenyan operations

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 00:41 | By

Africa Data Centres (ADC) plans to invest Sh20 billion in Kenya doubling the country’s data handling capacity.

The move follows the rollout of both 5G and 4G prompting data centres to upgrade their existing infrastructure and come up with modern architectural approaches to increase automation for the seamless management of 5G networks.

The investment is part of the company’s Sh50 billion earmarked for regional expansion in the next five years Dan Kwach, the firm’s managing director told Business Hub that the ‘tsunami” of data that 5G networks need to process, store and distribute can be a major burden to data centres.

“We are aggressively expanding in Nairobi, and recently began the development of our second data centre of up to 20MW of IT load,” he said. 

In addition, Kwach added, the company is in the process of securing land for a third facility, and altogether this investment of more than $200 million will double the country’s data centre capacity. “It will also promote the development of the country as a key digital hub for the rest of East Africa,” he added.

Kenya became the second country in Africa to roll out the Fifth Generation (5G) technology to customers this year.

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