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06 Dec 2018

Orange Botswana invests $6.7m in new data centre in the capital

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Orange Botswana is currently constructing a $6.7m data centre in Botswana to provide equipment space, office space and two redundant energy centres, with completion expected at the end of 2019.

In a second project that is part of the programme, Orange (EPA: ORA) will migrate equipment from its old data centre to the new one.

The third project comprises using the migration as an opportunity to build a full disaster recovery site, which will be located in Francistown in east Botswana.

“The Francistown Disaster Recovery Site will replicate all the platforms sitting in Gaborone so that anytime there is an issue in our main site, they will be able to manage all customer traffic and transactions from Francistown,” said Orange Botswana CEO, Patrick Benon.

“At the end of the project, we will therefore be able to guarantee a perfect business continuity solution for our network and services.

“The migration process is very sensitive because we will have to guarantee that there is no service interruption and that the migration is seamless for our customers.”

The new data centre will fit under the umbrella of the Botswana Innovation Hub, which is an incorporated company working towards developing and operating Botswana’s first science and Technology Park.

The CEO also added that the company will be investing $4.8m in every equipment every year at the new data centre for the annual expansion of the core network and information system.

The Orange Data Centre will cover 81% of the population with the 2G technology, 62% of the population with 3G technology and 45% of the population with 4G technology.

Orange Botswana currently have 11 stores, with four of them located in the capital city, Gaborone, and the others places in Francistown, Ghanzi, Kasane, Maun, Palapye, Phikwe and Serowe.

With a population of over 2.29 million, Botswana has 28 internet users per 100 and the connectivity ecosystem is made up of one colocation data centre and only one cloud service provider.

Source: https://data-economy.com/orange-botswana-invests-6-7m-in-new-data-centre-in-the-capital/

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