Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s first integrated telecom operator and one of the largest subsea cables operators in the region announced that it is building Egypt’s largest international data center facility. Expected to be commissioned in early 2021 with access to all the global submarine cable systems that land in Egypt, the new data center is going to be the first in the country with the Uptime Institute’s certifications in the Design, Constructed Facility, and Operational Sustainability categories.
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions on the economy, the construction of the new facility has not been affected and is moving according to plan. The facility has also been granted the Tier III Certification of Design from the Uptime Institute a few months ago after a rigorous assessment of all aspects of the data center and its operations.
Telecom Egypt’s new data center will be well connected to all of the 10 Mediterranean and Red sea subsea landing stations, giving it access to more than 60 countries around the globe. Acquiring the Tier III Certification of Design guarantees that Telecom Egypt’s customers will receive the highest levels of availability and technical resiliency. Additionally, Telecom Egypt’s new state-of-the-art data center is characterized by an enhanced colocation service and higher levels of redundancy with the ability to expand to accommodate growing colocation needs.
This will further contribute to the development of sustainability features that mitigate rising costs of energy and are closely aligned with international standards. The facility’s capabilities target organizations that value premium data center services and consider risk management and lower latency as benchmarks when it comes to selecting data centers. This facility can house up to 2,000 racks over a 4 Colo Modular Facilities Campus.
This certification demonstrates Telecom Egypt’s clear focus and commitment to transform Egypt into a global digital hub. The new data center is situated in Smart Village in west Cairo in which many multinational and local companies, governmental entities, financial authorities, educational institutions, and research & development centers are located. This project coincides with the country’s efforts to expedite the development of Egypt’s ICT infrastructure and digital services as well as contribute to the regional digital transformation.
Currently, Telecom Egypt owns and operates 6 commercial data center facilities located in diverse locations within Greater Cairo and Alexandria. In addition, the company will continue to select other sites to build upcoming data centers.