Prefabricated data centre specialist Flexenclosure enters Latin American market with
Tier III certified data centre order from Tigo Paraguay
Vara, Sweden, and Asunción, Paraguay
18th January 2016
Prefabricated data centre specialist Flexenclosure has received a multi-million dollar order from Tigo Paraguay for a data centre in the capital Asunción.
Millicom – branded Tigo across Latin America and Africa – has placed a multi-million dollar order for a complete turnkey data centre with Flexenclosure, a Sweden-based designer and manufacturer of eCentre prefabricated data centre buildings and intelligent eSite hybrid power management systems for the ICT industry.
Flexenclosure’s eCentre data centre will be built in Paraguay’s capital Asunción during Q1 2016 and will be the first professional colocation facility in the country. eCentre is a custom-designed, prefabricated data centre building that is fast to deploy, energy efficient and easy to expand.
Uptime Institute has awarded Tier III design certification for this facility – a significant proof point of the high standards of Flexenclosure’s eCentre. This is the first Uptime Institute certified data centre in Paraguay and it demonstrates Tigo’s commitment to bringing the latest technology to the country and to delivering world-class services to its corporate clients.
This is a full turnkey multi-phase project. It will be a hybrid construction, including a traditional brick and mortar office building combined with the prefabricated modular eCentre data centre. eCentre construction has been completed at Flexenclosure’s factory in Vara, Sweden, and the modules are currently being transported to Paraguay where deployment will be completed in conjunction with Flexenclosure’s local civil works partners.
“We are delighted to have won this order and to extend our relationship with Millicom,” said David King, CEO, Flexenclosure. “This project marks a series of firsts for Flexenclosure – our first Tier III certified facility; our first hybrid facility; and our first data centre deployment in Latin America – and we’re looking forward to further expanding our footprint beyond our traditional markets in Africa and Asia.”
Expanding colocation business
The new data centre will become the central primary site of Tigo’s network in Paraguay, providing a world-class platform from which Tigo will deliver an expanded business services portfolio to its corporate clients, including new colocation, cloud and other customer services. This world-class facility will strongly position Tigo Paraguay as the partner of choice for enterprises looking for a reliable primary IT production site or back-up disaster recovery site.
Tigo Paraguay’s new eCentre will have an initial capacity of 110 racks, which will more than double to 260 racks at full capacity.
“We see significant opportunities to drive the development of the colocation and cloud services market in Paraguay and need a high quality data centre facility that we can easily and efficiently expand as our business grows,” said Juan Emilio Roa, Tigo Paraguay Business Director.
“We chose our partner Flexenclosure, who has the proven track record in deploying these technical facilities and delivering the first UPTIME TIER 3 Certified Data Centre using a mix of Modular/Concrete built. The production quality, guaranteed delivery time and product flexibility were all important factors in our decision and we’re confident that this data centre will serve the needs of our growing corporate clients.”
Millicom is a leading international telecommunications and media company dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. Millicom operates in 14 countries, primarily using the Tigo brand, serving 60 million customers. In 1992 Tigo was the first company to offer mobile services in Paraguay and now Tigo is the market leader providing mobile, Internet, fixed broadband, satellite and cable TV to almost four million customers.
Flexenclosure is a designer and manufacturer of prefabricated data centre buildings and intelligent power management systems for the ICT industry. The company provides systems that are fully integrated, modular, factory tested for reliability, adaptable to local conditions and quick to install.
eCentres are custom-designed, prefabricated data centre buildings that are fast to deploy, energy efficient and easy to expand. eCentre is a future proofed state-of-the-art technical facility that provides a flexible and expandable open floor space and is optimised for energy efficiency.
eSite is a hybrid power system for off-grid and bad-grid cell sites delivering 24/7 network uptime and diesel-related cost savings of up to 90 per cent. eManager, an all-in-one toolbox for site power infrastructure management, including remote monitoring, power optimisation, KPI reporting, and site logistics, is an integral part of the product.
Flexenclosure was founded in 1989. The company is based in Vara, Sweden, headquartered in Stockholm and has additional offices in Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, South Africa, and the UAE. Customers include ACS, Apollo, Millicom, MTN, Vodacom and Zain.