After almost two years under construction, there is a new data center in Togo. It also happens to be the first of its kind in the country. At an official inauguration ceremony, the President, Faure Gnassingbé opened the data centre. The data centre is a carrier-neutral colocation facility in Lomé.
The new data centre in Togo came at an estimated cost of $23.7 million. The project was funded by a loan obtained from a subsidiary of the World Bank. West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (WARCIP). As part of the WARCIP-Togo Project, it seeks to bridge the connectivity gaps between sixteen African countries and the rest of the world.
Société d’Infrastructures Numériques (SIN), a heritage company, managing the digital assets of the Togolese state is the owner of the data centre. Despite Société d’Infrastructures Numériques (SIN) being the owner of the new data centre, it is to be operated and managed by Africa Data Centres (ADC), a subsidiary of Liquid Intelligent Technologies in the country.
Hawa Cissé Wagué, World Bank Resident Representative for Togo, had this to say about the new data centre in Togo: “The Covid-19 crisis has shown that there is a heavy reliance on digital technology and a need for Togo to strengthen its digital infrastructure and enhance the resilience of its economy and services”
Indeed, the pandemic has shown the need for improvement in the digital technology sector in the country.Togo’s new data centre will enable the reduction of international connectivity costs, as well as support for Togo’s digital transformation agenda.
The facility is situated on a land that covers over a hectare. On the facility premises, there are two divisions; a private sector floorspace as well as space for the government.The new data centre in Togo is reportedly under assessment by the Uptime Institute for Tier-III certification.