Safaricom Ethiopia has announced that it will build a Tier-III telco-cloud Data Center inside the ICT Park in Addis Ababa. The telecom operator revealed the plan after signing a land lease deal with the Industrial Park Development Corporation (IPDC), which manages state-owned IPs.
According to media reports, in July 2021, the government granted the telecom license to Safaricom Ethiopia as part of its push to liberalize the telecom industry.
Safaricom Ethiopia has invested in several infrastructures, including the construction of two Data Centers.
Earlier this week, Safaricom Ethiopia’s CEO Anwar Soussa and Sandokan Debebe, CEO of the IPDC, signed the lease agreement for developed land to build a new Data Center in the ICT Park.
The company said, “This Data Center aims to increase collaboration on the availability of the latest technologies in the industrial parks to support the digitization process.”
Soussa revealed that Safaricom will make a US$60 million investment in the ICT Park, as per the IDPC.
The agreement to build the data center comes weeks after Safaricom Ethiopia launched its pilot network and services in Dire Dawa City.
According to the telco, the launch forms part of its phased city-by-city regional network roll-out and service tests ahead of a national launch in October.