04th October 2018: Raxio Data Centre’s Corporate Launch
In the photo above, (L-R) Mr James Wilman – Data Centre Consultant at Future-tech (Designer of Raxio Data Centre), James Byaruhanga, Raxio General Manager, Robert Mullins, Raxio Director and Bernard Geoghegan – of KPL Consult, the (International Consultant for Raxio) address a press conference at Raxio Data Centre’s launch on 4th October 2018 at Kampala Serena Hotel.
Speaking on the sidelines of the launch, James Saaka, the Executive Director of National Information and Technology Authority (NITA-U), hails the planned Raxio Data Centre, to be built at Namanve Industrial Park as a “brilliant opportunity” for especially Uganda’s Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and innovators to “lower their cost of IT investments”, allowing them to be competitive in the market.
NITA-U is an autonomous statutory body established under the NITA-U Act 2009, to coordinate and regulate Information Technology services in Uganda.
The data centre was designed by Future-tech, a UK-based specialized data centre design company, and Symbion Uganda, part of Symbion Group, a leading-multinational architectural firm with over 35 years of heritage in East and Southern Africa.
07th February 2019 : Raxio Signs Hamilton Cloud Services as First Customer
Hamilton Cloud Services (HCS), Uganda’s first local cloud service provider and a subsidiary of Hamilton Telecom, finalised an agreement to colocate their servers in Raxio Data Centre’s state-of-the-art, always-on data centre at the Kampala Industrial and Business Park, Namanve.
Raxio’s General Manager James Byaruhanga (left) and Paul Nalikka, Director, Hamilton Telecom (centre), flanked by Ahura Vianne Allan (right) the CFO, signed for their respective organisations.
HCS became Raxio Data Centre’s first officially signed customer.
Commenting about the deal, Derrick Sebbaale, Chief Operating Officer, Hamilton Cloud Services, said the deal will make HCS, “pioneers in providing the biggest local cloud service in a tier 3 data centre environment in Uganda.”
“By hosting our equipment in Raxio’s data centre, we will be able to quickly scale up our services, without the high capex costs on infrastructure; which savings will be passed on to our customers,” he said.
He added the agreement with Raxio will not only reduce on the high costs as well as risks of hosting and storing data overseas but, it will also provide a 24/7 secure, accessible and dedicated platform to HCS clients.
7th February 2019: National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) grants Raxio a Certificate of Approval of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA)
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) grants Raxio a Certificate of Approval of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) for the data centre project. Raxio is a green company that cares about people, the planet and the communities and therefore the award of the EIA certificate is a huge sustainability milestone. The project also received construction permits from Mukono Municipality.
6th March 2019: Raxio Data Centre and Oracle Cloud Services Host Bank CIO/CTOs
Oracle Cloud Platform Sales Director; Joachim Steuerwald (left), Bank of Uganda’s Executive Director, Bank Supervision; Dr Twinemanzi Tumubweine centre) and Raxio Data Centre General Manager; James Byaruhanga at a business breakfast hosted for business and ICT leaders from the banking industry at Serena, Kampala Hotel on March 6th 2019: Twinemanzi challenged banks to consider outsourcing certain IT functions as a way of bringing down costs and subsequently reducing cost of lending. “Commercial banks and for that matter financial institutions are not the best at running networks or managing data. Let us leave that to the experts; let’s go back to the economics of division of labour,” said Twinemanzi.
Steuerwald hailed Raxio for the investment in a state of the art data centre saying: “Before Raxio decided to enter the market, we did not have any single Tier III data centre in the region and that has been a significant constraint to achieve the kind of uptimes that a digital economy demands and that is why we’re interested in a partnership with Raxio.”
14th March 2019: Raxio Data Centre Awards Multi-billion Construction Contract to Roko Construction
Raxio Data Centre Ltd, Uganda’s first Tier III, carrier neutral data centre company, on March 14th 2019, selected Roko Construction Limited to undertake the civil works of Raxio’s multibillion data centre at Kampala Industry Park, Namanve. Roko emerged winner from a total of 6 companies that were invited to bid for the civil works in a competitive process that started late last year.
In the photo above, (Left-Right)- Raxio Directors, Brooks Washington and Robert Mullins as well as Mark Koehler and Willie Swanepoel the Roko Managing Director and Director respectively, at the signing of the contract at Raxio’s offices at Rwenzori Towers.
Raxio, handed over the construction site to Roko engineers on Tuesday, March 19th 2019. In this photo, Abdul-Rahman Baguma Ahmed the Raxio Vice President- Technology and Operations (left) and James Byaruhanga, the Raxio General Manager (right) hand over the site plan to Roko Construction’s Project Manager, Jaco Mare (middle).
3rd May 2019 : Raxio hosts Internet Service Providers Association of Uganda (ISPAU)
Raxio Data Centre hosted the Internet Service Providers Association of Uganda (ISPAU) to introduce Raxio’s data centre facility to industry players. The breakfast was held on Friday 3rd May 2019. In the photo above, ISPAU’s Godfrey Sserwamukoko (standing right), flanked by James Byaruhanga, the Raxio General Manager addresses ISPAU members on the need for synergies between Carrier Neutral Data Centres and ISPs/Telco’s. He said Raxio’s entry into the market was a stitch in time adding that many of ISPs would find relief from the high costs of upfront ICT capex, thus free up capital to provide better services to their clients.
11th – 12th September 2019: Raxio Data Centre showcases at the Capacity Africa Conference, Kigali, Rwanda
(L-R) Allen Christine Najjuuko ; Raxio Sales Manager, James Byaruhanga; Raxio General Manager, Michael Mukasa, Roke Telekom Chief Operating Officer and Bhavik Pattni; Investment Analyst/Project Manager at Roha Inc (right) and a delegate at the Capacity Africa Conference, Kigali, Rwanda.
Roha, through First Brick Holdings, is planning to invest a total of $50 million into a minimum of 5 tier III data centres in the East African region by 2022.
26th September 2019: Raxio exhibits at the Datacloud Africa Leadership Summit 2019, Accra, Ghana
Raxio Director, Robert Mullins (left) participates as a panelist at the 26th September Datacloud Africa Leadership Summit 2019, held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra Ghana. Datacloud Africa will focus on
The summit brings together ICT business leaders from all over the world to discuss investing, powering, connecting, and deploying data centres across the continent and discuss the challenges for Africa’s digital economy and growth. The event is a forum for networking and business deal making for data centre and cloud players, their customers, investors and suppliers.
26th September 2019: Raxio Executives Named by Data Economy Magazine amongst Top 50 Data Centre and Cloud Business Leaders in Africa
Raxio Director, Robert Mullins and General Manager, James Byaruhanga were named amongst the the Africa 50- a list of the continent’s most influential leaders in data centres and cloud. Published by the Data Economy Magazine, the list also showcases the 50 personalities who are leading data centres, cloud, edge computing and data through charting new innovations or technological breakthroughs, sheer investment or business acumen, or exceptional entrepreneurial skillsets.
12th – 14th November 2019: Raxio at AfricaCom Conference in Cape Town, South Africa
Raxio Sales Manager, Allen Christine Najjuuko taking guests through Raxio’s work plan at the AfricaCom Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. AfricaCom is the largest telecom gathering in Africa; the place to meet everybody who’s anybody in African telecoms and technology. The conference brought together 15,000 attendees, 450 speakers and 500 exhibitors.
November 2019: 80% of civil works and up to 60% of mechanical and electrical (M&E) works complete; data centre to go live Q1 2020
In the picture; Raxio Executives taking a tour of the facility progress along with the main Contractor (Roko), MEP contractor (Giza systems), all consultants including Future Tech (the main consultant) and architect Symbion. Construction is currently under progress at Namanve Industrial Park.
The Raxio Data Centre facility, set to be the first private tier 3 data centre in Uganda will be launching in January 2020.