by: Andrea Ayemoba, Africa Business Communities
South Africa Teraco, Africa's largest carrier & cloud neutral colocation data centre and home to NAPAfrica, Africa’s largest Internet exchange point (IXP), has announced that it has raised a medium term funding facility from Absa amounting to R1.2 billion.
Teraco’s Chief Financial Officer, Jan Hnizdo says that this is another significant milestone for Teraco and that the funding is earmarked for further investments into data centre infrastructure: “We will use the funding to further invest in the Teraco Campus in Isando. The site presently has 20MW’s of capacity, which needs to all be brought online. We have also purchased land adjacent to the existing site allowing for further expansion. In addition, a component of the funding has also been earmarked for the construction of Teraco’s new data centre in Bredell.”
Hnizdo says that the Bredell site has 24MW of power and more than 6000m2 of technical deployment space and will eclipse the existing Teraco Campus from a power availability perspective: “Bredell will be the largest commercial data centre in Africa and Teraco, the largest commercial data centre operator in Africa”.
Teraco builds and operates colocation data centre facilities that enable clients to deploy telecommunications equipment and other key IT infrastructure in a scalable way. Teraco further provides clients with a secure environment where they are able to easily connect to submarine cable systems, African terrestrial networks, major African IP backbones and key content.
Teraco’s Campus in Isando has been established as the connectivity gateway into South and sub-Saharan Africa. Its client community continues to expand significantly with over 350 key clients deriving significant value from colocating within the connectivity gateway. Teraco is also home to NAPAfrica, Africa’s largest neutral layer-two Internet exchange point (IXP) with over 240 unique connected networks and 160Gbps peering traffic across sub-Saharan-Africa.