Ethio Telecom sign MoU with Amhara Bank to provide modern modular tier 3 data center services

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Ethio Telecom has signed a tier 3 data center leasing agreement with Amhara Bank on Tuesday enabling the Bank to use a modern, high capacity, world class data center for modernizing its information technology system so as to provide reliable services to its customers.

Officials of Ethio telecom and the Bank paid a visit to the modern modular data center, which is located around Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital.

This modular data center is designed to ensure mission-critical data and equipped with extensive security and compliance system controls with 99% reliable connectivity and high electric power saving capacity.

It is also a high capacity world class standard data center managed by skilled man power and has more than five direction fiber connectivity with automatic switch over functionality to ensure service reliability and can help carry out quick incident detection and maintenance activities in case of network connection failure or other related problems.

“The modular data center is serving 80 million people with its capacity of 1.3 MW load capacity,” said Frehiwot Tamiru, CEO of Ethio Telecom on her opening remarks.

“When Amhara Bank begins expanding its services, we’ll conduct our expansion activities for the Bank,” she added.

Ethio Telecom used to have a limited data center capacity.

“We built this data center with higher loading capacity through vendor financing scheme and later by expenses from our own pocket,” Frehiwot said.

Henok Kebede, president of Amhara Bank on his part said, “The agreement is part of our plan to be Africa’s top Bank”.

He added: “We’ll launch our services in a short time.”

The data center is equipped with the state-of-the-art power saving electrical systems, cooling systems and security cameras as well as modern network and fiber cable enclosures/accessories and compartments. Specifically, what makes building this modern modular data center unique is that its mission to enhance the services of all the company’s information technology and network infrastructure developments, according to Ethio Telecom.

Currently, 84 customers/partners have collocated in the company’s data center, and each data center has six-degree resilient fiber connection. The data center would enable technology products and services rendering companies to become operational in a short period of time by sharing them the data center collocation.

The data center’s major importance on customer experience includes high availability-best customer experience, flexibility to introduce new platform and service, reliability to run customers’ businesses, high level physical security as well as fast time to market to host for collocation/ cloud service for the existing and potential partners.

So far, company has built two modular data centers. Additionally, three more data centers are under construction that will soon have five data centers altogether.

Moreover, big Green Data Center is under requirement preparation and it can host 1000 racks with geographical redundancy. To this effect, five sites are made already available outside Addis Abeba for geography redundancy equipped with its own disaster time emergency backup.

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