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Teraco completes Cape Town data center


32m | Melanie Mingas

Cape Town South Africa has a new hyperscale data center completing the first phase of Teraco’s CT2.

Located in Brackenfell, Cape Town, the new facility is now the largest data center in the Western Cape and is positioned for cloud providers and businesses in telecommunications, financial services, e-commerce, logistics and sales. by retail.

The first phase includes 18 MW of critical electrical load over 8,000 m² of data room space, plus 25,000 m² of building structure. Although a price for the project was not disclosed? Teraco said it was a “multibillion rand data center facility” that “significantly expands” the Teraco platform in the Western Cape.

CEO Jan Hnizdo (pictured) said: “Forming an essential part of the African IT landscape, Platform Teraco is a critical part of the digital transformation strategy of the modern enterprise with its diverse industrial ecosystems and open interconnect market. CT2 is connected to all other Teraco data centers through the facility’s diverse ecosystem of network operators, making it ideal for the distributed interconnect defined architecture of the modern enterprise.

Teraco has secured adjacent land and electricity for future expansions that could bring the total critical electrical load to 36 MW.

As part of Teraco’s larger campus, CT2 – alongside the CT1 facility – offers companies direct access to the Teraco platform; comprising over 250 network providers, global cloud ramps, submarine cable systems, access to over 50 managed service providers and direct peering to NAPAfrica, the world’s largest internet exchange point from Africa.

Customers deployed in either of these facilities can connect to AWS Direct Connect and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute directly or through Teraco’s Africa Cloud Exchange.

Hnizdo added, “Businesses are looking for the ability to evolve as network strategies evolve, and in a world where fast and secure interconnection with strategic business partners is a priority, it is a source of advantage. competitive.

“Over the past few years, we’ve taken our ever-expanding ecosystems and network-dense interconnection hubs, and gone beyond simple colocation. Teraco is the enterprise infrastructure platform for growth and innovation, ”concluded Hnizdo.

On other projects, Teraco’s JB4 is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022. This facility will bring the critical electrical load capacity of the entire portfolio to over 110 MW, which includes the Isando JB1 / JB3 campus (39 MW), Bredell JB2 (13 MW), Rondebosch Cape Town CT1 (3MW), Durban (1MW) and, of course, CT2 at Brackenfell (18MW). The company completed the JB3 extension in August and connected its eighth submarine cable to the grid in June.

Financially, in 2017 Teraco received US $ 90 million from the Barclays Africa group to build its infrastructure and in February of this year finalized a loan financing transaction of US $ 166.6 million (2, R 5 billion).


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