Nairobi, November 11, 2015………..KOOBA (Kenya) LTD has announced its entry into the Data Centre Industry in East Africa with the construction of a carrier-neutral facility dubbed KOOBA Africa.
The KOOBA Africa Data Centre facility which is currently under construction, will be operational in Q2, 2016. It sits on a ½ acre piece of land on historic Mombasa Island and is strategically located between the SEACOM landing station and Telephone house.
While announcing the news, KOOBA Africa Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Richard Bell said that the Data Centre will be the first “carrier-hotel” in Mombasa, well positioning it to handle all the global content that content providers want localized in Kenya.
The Tier 3+ facility will also be carrier-neutral, which means that it will provide tenants with the option of connecting with various telecommunication carriers and/or colocation providers.
“The concept of a carrier-neutral Data Centre is really important as it ties in to the wider concept of net-neutrality. If a content company puts its data in a carrier-controlled facility, then potentially, it is no longer carrier-neutral. Historically, the only people who have been able to raise sufficient capital to build a Data Centre have been carriers. KOOBA Africa will invest circa USD 30 million to build this state-of-the-art facility,” said Mr. Bell.
KOOBA Africa has retained some of the best global talent with substantial experience in designing, building and operations of Network Access Points (NAPs). At the helm is Richard Bell whose role in the development of ICT in Africa is well documented.
Mr. Bell is a seasoned ICT entrepreneur, turned venture capitalist and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of East Africa Capital Partners, the first Venture Capital Asset Manager in Sub Saharan Africa.
Under Mr. Bell’s leadership, EACP’s first Fund the “Africa Technology, Media & Telecommunications Fund” (ATMT Fund 1, LLC) raised in excess of US$ 450m for Wananchi Group (Holdings) Ltd which encompasses investments in; Cable TV Triple Play Infrastructure (under the ZUKU Brand), International Submarine Fiber Optic Cables, Terrestrial Long Distance Regional Fiber Optic Cable Networks, Business Telecom Services, Direct To Home Satellite Pay TV (also under ZUKU), TV Content & Programming Creation, and Digital Terrestrial TV.
After Mr. Bell successfully transitioned out of the position of Group CEO of Wananchi Group, a position he held for two years, he returned to EACP which is currently managing and financing KOOBA Africa, the first carrier-neutral Data Centre Operator in East Africa.