Paratus Group describes itself as the “backbone of African connectivity”. Across 35 African countries, the telecoms company provides internet and cloud services for businesses. It has offices in 7 African countries, including Namibia, South Africa, and Mozambique. 

Paratus Group has announced Namibia’s first-of-its-kind carrier-neutral data centre in Windhoek. Armada, as the data centre is called, is expected to open its door in August.

It already has 2 data centres in Zambia and Angola, and Namibia’s Armada will become its third. 

The data centre will enable any client hosting within the facility to choose which telecommunications provider they wish to purchase services from. 

Speaking on the announcement of the data centre, chief operations officer of the Paratus Group and CEO-designate, Schalk Erasmus, said that the facility will provide Namibian businesses with the opportunity to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Paratus also claims that the data centre will offer businesses a colocation solution with a resilient infrastructure environment in which clients can host their equipment, thereby minimising IT capital expenditure and operating costs associated with on-premises hosting and management.

Some of the key features of the Armada facility include a direct link to the new Equiano cable in Swakopmund, a 2-megawatt power capacity as well as access to Paratus’ backbone network linking.