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African Business 2021

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The 2021 edition of African Business is the second issue of this useful guide to business and investment on the continent. The positive reception accorded the inaugural edition in 2020 was encouraging and we are optimistic that this publication and future issues will continue to meet the need for timely and relevant information in an exciting time for African business. African Business 2021 has articles on recent trends plus overviews of the key economic sectors on the continent and regional and country profiles. There is an in-depth analysis of the implications for trade on the continent of the introduction of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA) and an article on the growth and importance of exploration for minerals, gas and oil. Namibia and Botswana feature in an article on how cooperation can drive economic growth and an opinion piece focusses on the role that digital technology can play not only in the financial sector, but in the driving progress in a broader sense. Global African Network is a proudly African company which has been producing region-specific business and investment guides since 2004, including South African Business and Nigerian Business, in addition to its online investment promotion platform: https://www.globalafricanetwork.com

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Testing conditions for a successful data centre CUSTOMER icolo.io LOCATION Mombasa, Kenya SECTOR Data Centres KEY FACTS 675 kW Capacity of data centre THE CHALLENGE Making sure the data centre has maximum uptime 13,000 sq ft Size of building 1 1266 kW capacity loadbank Tier 3 data centres need to be able to guarantee almost 100 percent uptime, which means failure is just not an option. icolo.io designs, builds and operates state of the art carrier neutral data centres and just completed a Tier 3 unit in Mombasa, the coastal town, and second largest city in Kenya. They needed to test all the equipment, including power generators, UPS systems and precision cooling before they could get it online, to ensure everything met the strict industry standards.

We engaged Aggreko to help us test and certify our new data centre in Mombasa. We required an engineer and a large loadbank to provide power and heat to test all HVAC, UPS and generator systems and controls. Their engineer was always willing to work with us throughout the testing, and although we had a minor technical issue initially, it was solved efficiently. We successfully tested and certified our site on time and I look forward to testing our next facility! Alex Rhys-Hurn Chief Operating Officer icolo.io THE SOLUTION All the equipment needed for staged testing We supplied a 1266 kW loadbank to test the 675 kW capacity data centre. We made sure it was commissioned quickly to test the capabilities of the on-site power and cooling system so the operator could confirm the accreditation. We undertook the testing in stages: a 500 kW UPS system, cooling system and two 1000 kVA generators. We worked in close partnership with the data centre to get it all done in time. OUR DIFFERENCE Failure is not a word in our vocabulary THE IMPACT Test proves capacity and helped attract global interest The data centre will provide 180 cabinets for customer use with up to 675 kW of available customer power. The centre is purpose-built and spans more than 13,000 sq ft of floor space. It has redundant power and its own back-up generators, precision cooling and pre-cabled inter-connect infrastructure. Our loadbank service helped icolo.io test and commission the data centre and meet the Uptime Institute’s requirement for a tier 3 facility. With our help, they were able to demonstrate the capability of the data centre and attract global customers with their unique offering. Visit us at aggreko.com to get in touch

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