Flexenclosure receives order from Vodacom in Mozambique for new primary data centre to support network expansion


Flexenclosure, a specialist developer of intelligent power management systems and pre-fabricated data centres for the ICT industry, has received a multi-million dollar order from Vodacom Mozambique for its modular and pre-fabricated data centre eCentre.

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 will be installed early next year.

The new data centre will be used as Vodacom Mozambique’s primary national core network facility.

The facility will consist of 12 eCentre modules, all manufactured and fully equipped at Flexenclosure’s factory in Sweden. 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 per cent 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.

Since 2001 when the first eCentre was installed in Nigeria, Flexenclosure has installed eCentres in West, Central and North Africa, and now also in Southern Africa. To date the majority of Flexenclosure’s installations of eCentre have been in Africa, providing extensive experience and knowledge of data centre deployments in the region. In total, almost 6,000sqm of eCentre area has been deployed in Africa.