Orange, a leading telecommunications firm with operations all across Africa, has chosen French electric utility company, ENGIE to operate and maintain its data center in Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast for a five-year contract that will start in early June 2019.
This data center, which was built by the Orange Service Group (GOS), is one of the few facilities existing in West Africa complying with the Level IV classification. According to this classification, it has the required capabilities to ensure continuity of service in all circumstances. It received the award for Best Data Center from Africa at a high-profile event dubbed the 2017 “Datacloud Congress” in Monaco.
The requirements of the contract include preventive maintenance of the multi-technical lots of the datacenter buildings, including the electrical substations, high voltage, cooling and air conditioning, Central Management Technology, fire alarm systems, security and control, video surveillance and access control.
The contract demonstrates ENGIE’s ambition to boost its development in energy services in West and Central Africa and to become one of the leaders in energy efficiency, installation and maintenance services in Africa.
Located 40 kilometers from Abidjan, the economic capital of Côte d’Ivoire, the next-generation data center has a power capacity of 1.3 megawatts (MW) and a design that is oriented towards reliability and energy optimization of data storage.
In a statement issued this week, ENGIE said the center represents a strategic infrastructure for Orange in West Africa and primarily hosts Orange’s service platforms of its Middle East and Africa subsidiaries, but it is also a colocation space for business to business customers’ needs in this region.