IXAfrica, a developer and operator of hyperscale-ready data centres in East Africa have announced that Helios, an Africa-focused private investment firm, are intending to invest $50 million to accelerate the development of its Nairobi campus.
In a press release, IXAfrica said the investment is expected to close by the end of the year, subject to customary closing conditions including Kenyan regulatory approval.
IXAfrica was established in Kenya in 2021, with a leadership team featuring pedigree from international data centre operators, local connectivity and power and engineering capabilities. Prompted by soaring demand for Kenyan internet connectivity from a young and fast-growing population, IXAfrica secured a 17,300 square metre plot alongside the Mombasa Road in the nation’s capital, Nairobi. The location provides easy access to all existing primary internet connectivity infrastructure.
Upon full build-out of the Nairobi campus, the Company says it will establish a 20MW of much-needed, hyperscale-ready capacity to the market. Kenya is a hypercloud-ready region with advanced cloud adoption propensities, a digitally savvy ecosystem, access to diverse internet fibre connectivity, high-availability and low-carbon sources of power, and a stable regulatory and political environment.
The strategic partnership between IXAfrica and Helios will further enhance the Company’s ambitious growth plans and provide a foundation for potential regional expansion.
IXAfrica says it is focused on providing high-quality data centre environments able to serve both the international and local internet markets.
“This strategic investment will fast track the development of our cloud-ready campus as the digital transformation hub of East Africa”, said Guy Willner, Executive Chairman of IXAfrica. “We are delighted to have Helios join our shareholder base as a core investor. Helios has demonstrated a deep commitment to internet infrastructure development and this, combined with their leadership in African private equity, will ensure IXAfrica becomes a market leader in Kenya.”
Tope Lawani, Managing Partner and co-founder of Helios added, “IXAfrica is a story of a superb and determined management team benefiting from the foresight, innovation and support of its founding shareholders, and an attractive and dynamic internet ecosystem in Kenya – this serves to enhance the fundamental factors that make IXAfrica an exciting investment opportunity for us as we continue to develop our digital infrastructure franchise.”
Customers can build complex compute platforms in a secure and reliable environment, whilst freeing them up to focus on their core businesses. IXAfrica customers form an ecosystem where data can be exchanged at almost zero latency, and internet content can be delivered to all users due to the multitude of telecom and data networks present.
Following IXAfrica’s alliance with the London Internet Exchange (LINX), its customers and partners will have access to almost 1,000 networks globally, putting Nairobi on the map as a major regional internet hub.