Teraco, a South African-based data centre provider, is set to commence work on what will become Africa’s largest data centre with 38 megawatts of critical power load in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa.
The facility, known as JB4, is scheduled for completion in Q1 2022 and will be the largest single-site data centre on the African continent, comprising 50,000sqm of building structure serviced by 80MW of utility power supply.
Teraco CEO, Jan Hnizdo, said the company is poised for significant growth as hyperscale requirements continue to expand as a result of increased demand for cloud services in Africa.
“South Africa is strategically located at the tip of the African continent and as a result, is positioned as a technology and data centre hub for sub-Saharan Africa. This is further underpinned by growing undersea and terrestrial fibre connectivity to the rest of Africa,” he said
Hnizdo added that Teraco continues to invest significantly into the region’s ICT infrastructure and has built what is now Africa’s largest data centre platform with vendor-neutral offering, enabling open access to interconnection and world-class resilient data centre infrastructure.
The JB4 facility is Teraco’s seventh data centre development and is located in the heart of the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis.
JB4 is the latest expansion to Teraco’s growing data centre platform and takes critical power load capacity at Teraco facilities to over 110MW.
The facility will be built in two phases set across 6 hectares of land. Phase I includes eight 1,000sqm halls with 19MW of critical power load. On completion, it will have sixteen 1,000sqm halls with 38MW of critical power load.