Helios makes data centre investments in Morocco and Kenya

Helios makes data centre investments in Morocco and Kenya
Africa-focused private investment firm Helios Investment Partners has announced plans for two landmark investments: the acquisitions of majority stakes in Maroc Datacenter (MDC), a carrier neutral data centre in Morocco, and in IXAfrica, a leading developer and operator of hyperscale-ready data centres in Kenya.

MDC operates in the Rabat metro area. Since its launch in 2017, MDC has delivered 100% uptime, providing mission-critical colocation and cloud services for its growing customer base of blue-chip public and private institutions. Helios says that this high-quality facility will serve as a key building block in a broader Helios hyperscale data centre platform in the Rabat and Casablanca metro areas, serving global hyperscale, domestic enterprise and carrier customers.

IXAfrica was established in Kenya in 2021 to capitalise on soaring demand for internet connectivity and the rapid adoption of cloud solutions among the country’s enterprises. The company’s strategic location alongside the Mombasa Road in Nairobi provides ready access to virtually all existing primary internet connectivity infrastructure.

Upon full build-out of the Nairobi campus, IXAfrica is expected to establish a leading position in Kenya, delivering over 20MW of hyperscale-ready capacity.

Both transactions are subject to customary closing conditions. 

In 2006, Helios founded the first independent company in Africa devoted to building and operating telecom towers and went on to create additional shared infrastructure businesses across the continent. 

The next phase of the continent’s telecommunications transformation, says Helios, offers new and significant opportunities in digital infrastructure.


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