Ethio Telecom Launches Modular Data Center

ADDIS ABABA – Ethio Telecom, the sole provider of telecom services in Ethiopia, has launched a Tier III Ready Modular Data Center, powered by Huawei, on Thursday.

The newly deployed data center is located in Gola Sefer, Addis Ababa, and is equipped with 5 POD (Points of Deployment), 16 cabinets per POD, which can support 10 servers per cabinet.

The total capacity of this facility can reach 800 servers.

According to Ethio Telecom’s plan, the newly built data center will firstly serve existing service provision such as mobile money and business support systems, and the extra capacity could be used for new business such as co-location and cloud service in the future.

Modular data centers have become a mainstream form of data center deployment around the world recently, thanks to its short delivery period and high energy-saving ratio.

The Tier III ready modular data center is the biggest in Ethiopia, said the Chinese firm, one of the leading provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, after delivering the center to Ethio Telecom.

Huawei  installed the data center in a short period of time – 2.5 months. The traditional way of deployment would take more than 5 months, according to the Chinese firm.

The center, it said, has a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.4, 25% less than traditional data centers.

After installing the Huawei NetEco power monitoring system, it can further reduce 35% of operation and maintenance costs, Huawei said. The routine patrolling and monitoring of the modular facility can be performed by a robot.

Huawei remains the biggest telecommunication infrastructure provider in Ethiopia.

With over two decades of engagement in Ethiopia’s development, the company said it has created over 300 jobs and benefited over 45 million people with its services and products.

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