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 By Mulengera Reporter

Raxio Data Centre, one of five data centres being constructed in Africa by First Brick Holdings, has today formally introduced Africell, Roke Telkom, Sombha Solutions and Velocity Global as Resellers as its four new reseller partners who will be part of the arsenal that will engage customers with bundled enterprise packages customized for the local market.

The General Manager of Raxio Data Centre, Mr James Byaruhanga, is optimistic that this strategic partnership will deliver more to a key segment of the market that has increasingly expressed interest in the services that Raxio Data Centre offers.

“With the continuous evolution in the Telecom business environment, the focus on service delivery continues to change from legacy services to data and content driven innovations and offerings.  We are very excited to announce Africell, Roke Telkom, Sombha Solutions and Velocity Global as Resellers on board for Raxio Data Centre,” said Byaruhanga.

“These reseller partners will extend bite size colocation solutions to their clients in the MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), SOHO (Small Office Home Office) and Consumer market segment in order to complement their already existing service offering. Clients who have requirements that may be below Raxio’s Entry products can still be serviced by our Reseller partners.”

The local MSME & SOHO market is forecasted to grow at a healthy rate over the next few years driven by a number of factors including a reduction in expenditure in the MSME & SOHO markets, an increase in consultancy and service businesses, a surge in internet connections, increasing popularity of cloud computing, and the increased work from home preference that has been a key characteristic of Covid19 effects on the formal working class in general.

The four new resellers were upbeat about the new partnership. Andrew Jombwe, a Managing Partner at Velocity Global, noted that the cloud was now at the “core of every business information technology strategy,” adding that his company was pleased to enter offer “a full turn-key service to consumers and businesses with an end to end delivery of software as a service and infrastructure as a service.”

Neeraj Gala, Chief Commercial Officer at Africell Uganda, described the launch of Raxio Data Centre in Uganda as “a huge milestone for the ICT community which has not had a modern centralized data Centre to handle colocation, distribution, processing and storage of big loads of data.”

Andrew Jombwe, Managing Director-Velocity Global

Noting that businesses have had to outsource such services to strategic international partner companies or utilize small scale data centres for a long time, Gala said Africell Uganda’s partnership with Raxio Data Centre will offer the company’s customers “a reliable local hosting partner for their needs which is a critical success factor for many businesses large and small. With this partnership we aim to give a modern comprehensive service offering for our corporate customers that will answer all their connectivity needs with bundled value added services like SAAS among others. What we envision is offering a one-solution service that will give convenience and peace to our customers.”


Neeraj Gala, Chief Commercial Officer-Africell Uganda

From Roke Telekom, Michael Mukasa, the Chief Commercial Officer, explained his company’s decision to partner with Raxio. “As a country-wide Internet and Communications Service Provider in Uganda we took the decision to be an official reseller with Raxio Data Centre, primarily because, to-date there is no carrier-neutral data centre facility in Uganda. It will be a game-changer, both in terms of international connectivity and to international operators; the market and our customers are moving towards cloud services and with the need for seamless connectivity which together with Raxio Data Centre we will be in position to provide”


Haruna Nyanzi Lule, Chief Executive Officer – Sombha Solutions

For his part, Haruna Nyanzi Lule, the Chief Executive Officer of Sombha Solutions Store, noted that as a Ugandan owned and operated internet and information and communications technology (ISP & ICT) service provider, the partnership with Raxio Data Centre and Sombha Solutions Store “will not only enable a portfolio of private and virtual services as well as faster migration worthy of a first class data-centre and best value for money, but also support the growth and digitalization of various industries including health, retail, manufacturing, financial services, banking, among others.”


James Byaruhanga, General Manager – Raxio Data Centre

Officials at the Raxio say the Data Centre will be a centre-piece of infrastructure supporting the growth and digitisation of the Ugandan economy as it will be the first of its kind in Uganda, operating as a cloud and carrier-neutral facility, and meeting the international Tier III standard, upon completion.

At least 400 racks will be housed at the centre which will provided 1.5MW of IT power to ensure the equipment housed within it operates optimally, 24/7, in a fully safe, secure and redundant environment.

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