Africa Data Centres has opened its new 10MW data center facility in Lagos, Nigeria.

First announced in April, the new LOS1 facility is the company’s first in Nigeria. When fully built out, the data center will comprise six data halls and 6,000 sqm (64,500 sq ft) of white space.

Aerial view of Lagos, Nigeria
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“We built this facility in response to the massive demand from hyperscalers, key cloud operators and multi-national enterprises that already use our facilities and have expressed interest in being a part of bringing digitization at scale to West Africa,” said Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres. “Africa Data Centre is witnessing an unprecedented demand for fintech services, apps, broadband, cloud technologies, and more, all of which are seeing data demand skyrocket.”

As well as Lagos, ADC currently has or is developing data centers Lomé, Togo; Samrand and Midrand, South Africa; and Nairobi, Kenya. It announced plans for two more data centers in Nairobi and expand its presence in Johannesburg earlier this month. In September, the company announced a $500 million plan to build 10 data centers across Africa over the next two years.

As well as new facilities, Africa Data Centres is investing in sustainability. Energy company Distributed Power Technologies – which like ADC is also a subsidiary of the newly-formed Cassava Technologies – has been appointed to provide renewable energy and storage solutions for ADC’s data center in South Africa.

The partnership will focus on the deployment of renewable energy generation facilities to meet the more than 10MW of energy at ADC’s’ Cape Town facility.

“Our existing data centers are being upgraded to accelerate the deployment of green technologies, within our commitment towards carbon neutrality. We are looking at making all our data centers sustainable to allow for greater efficiency and a greener environment,” said Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres.

DPT is already operating solar PV systems for Africa Data Centres at the company’s 1.1MW facility Nairobi in Kenya and is in the process of completing a 1.2MW rooftop installation at the Midrand campus in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“We continue to build for Africa’s unique energy needs and to support the continent’s digital transformation. We understand the power needs of data centers and have designed our data center solutions as hybrid solutions to improve energy resilience," said Norman Moyo, DPT CEO.

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