Vodacom Mozambique has ordered an eCentre of 500sqm open floor space for its new primary switching centre, to be deployed in the industrial zone of Tchumene in Matola, just outside the capital Maputo.
The new data centre, provided by intelligent power management systems developer Flexenclosure, will be installed early next year.
The new data centre will be used as Vodacom Mozambique’s primary national core network facility. Vodacom Mozambique, which operates the leading mobile network in the country, has embarked on a strategic network rollout program that will significantly increase its network capacity during current financial year. The new data centre is designed to capture the subscriber and data traffic growth resulting from this network expansion.
The new facility will ensure that Vodacom’s customers will enjoy its services unaffected by future capacity upgrades or changes to its network topology. The new primary data centre will also provide a more secure and spacious environment for existing network equipment.
eCentre’s pre-fabrication and modularity ensures project predictability and swift deployment, which is critical in fast growing developing markets. This saves considerable time and money compared to constructing traditional brick and mortar buildings. In addition, more efficient power and cooling will make a pre-fabricated data centre “greener” and more cost effective to run.
The Matola data centre has been designed to house core, transmission, radio access and data network equipment for the company’s mobile network supporting up to five million subscribers. The power solution will be customised to take advantage of an existing gas pipeline approximately 100m away from the facility, allowing Vodacom to establish its own environmentally friendly primary power supply on site. Generating electricity using gas-powered generators on site will ensure a power supply that is both clean and guaranteed, with the added benefit of an estimated 40% reduction in CO2 emissions.
Flexenclosure recently deployed a 126sqm roof top eCentre for Vodacom in central Maputo, to house mission critical data and telecom equipment.
Jerry Mobbs, Managing Director at Vodacom Mozambique, said: “With eCentre, project speed, quality and predictability are all ensured and all our requirements will be met using a complete, fully integrated and energy efficient solution.”
Mozambique’s annual growth rate is approximately 8%. The mobile communication penetration rate is still well below the African average at approximately 39%.