The Centre would be inclusive of equipment space, office space, and two redundant energy centres with the completion date anticipated to be end of 2019.
Located at the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH), the state-of-the-art centre will become a central point of connectivity for national and international networking, and provide world-class data services to Orange customers.
The second project, which is part of the programme, is the migration of Orange equipment from the old Data Centre to the new Data Centre. The third project comprises making use of the migration process opportunity to build a full Disaster Recovery Site, which, will be located in Francistown.
Speaking during the Data Centre ground breaking ceremony on Friday, Orange CEO Patrick Benon said the Francistown Disaster Recovery Site will replicate all the platforms sitting in Gaborone so that anytime there is an issue in our main site, they will be able to manage all customer traffic and transactions from Francistown.
sensitive because we will have to guarantee that there is no service interruption and that the migration is seamless for our customers,” he said.
In addition Benon said they would invest an average of P50 million in equipment every year at the new Data Centre for the annual expansion of the Core Network and Information System.
Officiating, the vice President Slumber Tsogwane, said the Data Centre is in line with Government’s call for private sector to invest more strongly in technological advancement in the country.
“Orange Botswana’s commitment will catalyse Botswana’s Vision of becoming the ICT Hub for Southern Africa. This state-of-the-art Data Centre is a testament to that,” he said. He said that government will continue to support and invest in projects such as this, which demonstrable value to the technology ecosystem of Botswana. The Orange Data Centre will cover 81% of the population with the 2G technology, 62% of the population with 3G technology and 45% of the population with 4G technology, offering the greater levels of security, flexibility and accessibility to data and information around the world.