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James Byaruhanga named general manager as Raxio builds Uganda’s data center

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Raxio Data Centre Ltd, a United Stated company announced Monday that it was constructing a modern data center in Namanve Industrial Park, Wakiso district. Owned by Roha, a US greenfield investment company. Raxio appointed James Byaruhanga who has more than 18 years of experience in the ICT industry as the general manager.

Byaruhanga is the former chief operations officer at Roke Telkom. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Makerere University and he says that he has “comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of wireless, VSAT and cable networks”, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He has also previously worked with telecommunications giant MTN Uganda and he is a board member of Fontes Foundation.

Robert Mullins, the Director of Raxio, in a statement, said that the data center has been designed to global Tier III standards by Future-Tech, a UK specialist data-center design company with over 30 years of experience.

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James Byaruhanga (Picture: Roke Telkom)

Mullins says that the facility is expected to be opened in mid-2019, and is expected to accommodate up to 400 racks, delivering 1.5MW of IT power.

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Symbion, one of the local leading architectural firms, has been contracted to carry out the civil and structural design of the building.

In a statement, James Byaruhanga revealed that the facility would enhance the country’s ICT sector.

“We believe that with the growth in data usage and storage and the broader digital transformation of businesses and the public sector being witnessed in Uganda today, a Tier III data centre will be a key pillar to Uganda’s digital economy and will stimulate and support the growth and digitalization of the Ugandan economy and thus help meet the goals set in the MoICT Data Strategy and the broader National Development Plans,” he said.

The development comes amidst increased concerns by the Ugandan government having its citizen’s data in foreign data centers. This has prompted legislators to push for laws to regulate the data collected by different companies in Uganda.

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