Kenya Data Center Investment Analysis Report 2021-2026: Huawei Technologies is Among the Leading Vendors in the Modular Data Center Space

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Kenya data center market to grow at a CAGR of 12.36% during 2021-2026.

The data center market in Kenya includes around six unique third-party data center service providers operating around nine facilities. Kenya is one of Africa’s primary data center hubs and is considered the gateway to the East African region.

Nairobi, the capital city, is a favorable location for data center development. In Kenya, Unaitas Sacco, a financial firm, selected Eastra Solutions for installation and commissioning services to Unaitas Data Center. Atos is investing in the development of a new data center facility in Kenya with around USD 260 million investment at the Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC) in Butere, Kakamega County.

KENYA DATA CENTER MARKET VENDOR LANDSCAPE (Digital Realty), IXAfrica, PAIX, Teraco Data Environments, and Wingu are some of the key investors in the Kenya data center.

Huawei Technologies is among the leading vendors in the modular data center space with multiple efficient and reliable deployments. All the vendors have taken precautionary measures to reduce disruptions in their supply chain operations. The most commonly adopted servers in the industry include rack and blade servers from Cisco Systems, HPE, Dell Technologies, IBM, and Lenovo.


  • Kenya is witnessing the growing adoption of digital services such as cloud, big data, and IoT driving the demand for data centers in the region.
  • Most facilities in Kenya are based in Nairobi. In the coming years, the market is expected to witness data center investments in other cities, with Mombasa becoming a popular hub.
  • In Kenya, on-premise data centers aid digitalization and witness enterprises shifting to cloud and colocation facilities during the forecast period.
  • In 2020, Wholesale colocation contributed around 5% to the market share, and around 95% was from retail colocation in Kenya.
  • In terms of server infrastructure, the demand for ODM servers among the large service operators is increasing the growth of the Kenya data center.
  • Colocation service providers witnessed a strong uptake for their data center spaces by existing customers owing to the growth of COVID-19-induced demand.
  • The country has the presence of several local facility operators. Global operators are entering the space by acquiring local operators or via partnerships.
  • Investments in submarine cables in the market have increased over the past few years. The major investors include telecommunication providers and hyperscale operators working to create strong fiber connectivity and connections across the country.


  • The growth in the physical security market depends majorly on the increasing number of new facility constructions in the Kenya data center market.
  • In Kenya, there are four facilities certified by Uptime Institute as Tier III standard facilities.
  • Nairobi is the home of around six existing facilities under operation. IXAfrica and Teraco Data Environments invest around four upcoming facilities in future years.
  • In 2020, Huawei was involved in developing Konza smart city and data center phase 1 and phase 2 with around USD 30 million investment.
  • In 2020, AWS data center partnered with Kenya’s Safaricom in East Africa, to facilitate cloud computing services that provide easy access to technologies such as big data, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

IT Infrastructure Providers

  • Arista Networks
  • Atos
  • Cisco Systems
  • Dell Technologies
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)
  • Huawei Technologies
  • IBM
  • Lenovo
  • NetApp

Construction Contractors & Sub-Contractors

  • Chess Enterprises
  • Copy Cat Group
  • Eastra Solutions
  • Egypro
  • Future-tech
  • HubTech
  • Kinetic Controls
  • Norkun Intakes
  • Remax Consult
  • Tetra Tech
  • Westwood Management

Support Infrastructure Providers

  • ABB
  • Carrier
  • Caterpillar
  • Cummins
  • Delta Electronics
  • Eaton
  • Fuji Electric
  • Legrand
  • Rolls-Royce Power Systems
  • Rittal
  • Schneider Electric
  • Siemens
  • Vertiv

Key Investors

  • (Digital Realty)
  • IXAfrica
  • PAIX Data Centres
  • Teraco Data Environments
  • Wingu


This report analyzes the Kenya data center market share and elaborative analysis of the existing and upcoming facilities, datacenter investments in terms of IT, electrical, mechanical infrastructure, general construction, tier standards, and geography. It discusses market sizing and investment estimation for different segments.


  • Existing Facilities in the region (Area and Power Capacity)
  • Nairobi
  • Other Cities
  • List of Upcoming Facilities in the region (Area and Power Capacity)


Infrastructure Type

  • IT Infrastructure
  • Electrical Infrastructure
  • Mechanical Infrastructure
  • General Construction

IT Infrastructure

  • Server
  • Storage Systems
  • Network Infrastructure

Electrical Infrastructure

  • UPS Systems
  • Generators
  • Transfer Switches and Switchgears
  • PDUs
  • Other Electrical Infrastructure

Mechanical Infrastructure

  • Cooling Systems
  • Rack Cabinets
  • Other Mechanical Infrastructure

Cooling Systems

  • CRAC & CRAH Units
  • Chillers
  • Cooling Towers, Condensers, and Dry Coolers
  • Economizers & Evaporative Coolers
  • Other Cooling Units

General Construction

  • Building Development
  • Installation and Commissioning Services
  • Building & Engineering Design
  • Physical Security
  • DCIM

Tier Segments

  • Tier I & Tier II
  • Tier III
  • Tier IV


  • Nairobi
  • Other Cities

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