Moving Data Centres North is a Move in the Right Direction

23rd October 2017

The Nordic region is leading the race to become the world’s prime location for data centres. Industry giants such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are leading by example, having already established facilities in the north.  Nordic governments are committed to attracting and developing the data centre industry and compete with one another by reducing…

Read more

Solar-only tower sites – a recipe for success or failure?

27th September 2017

The mobile telecommunications landscape has been changing over the past few years, particularly in the world’s developing economies.  With customers demanding expanded rural network rollout and cost competition putting pressure on CAPEX and OPEX, mobile network operators (MNOs) have been looking for ways to reduce their costs – particularly at tower sites where the cost…

Read more

Five reasons why ESCOs are the future for African telecom tower power

25th September 2017

The single biggest challenge to being able to offer stable and reliable mobile phone services in Africa is power.  Or more precisely, the lack of reliable power at telecoms tower sites.  Hundreds of thousands of towers across the continent are located in areas without access to reliable electricity grids – or indeed, any electricity grid…

Read more

The Data Centre Opportunity for Cable Landing Stations

13th September 2017

The first ever submarine cable – laid in the English Channel in 1851 – heralded a new era of communication.  And nearly 170 years later the world’s oceans are now crisscrossed by hundreds of thousands of kilometres of cable – long enough to get to the moon and back, and with plenty to spare! There…

Read more

Africa Needs Data Centres Fast. Here’s the Solution…

21st August 2017

Every day people around the world generate 500 million tweets, post 4.3 billion Facebook messages and make 6 billion Google searches.  And these numbers are growing, driven not least by Africa’s relatively young population which, in the last 18 months, has seen a huge 47% increase in active mobile social users. Of course social media…

Read more

Prefabrication – The Winning Formula for Edge Data Centres

29th June 2017

Speed to data.  That’s what it’s all about.  In a world where data is being increasingly generated and demanded planet-wide rather than just in the Tier 1 cities, the winners in the colocation and cloud services race will be the companies that can deliver data the fastest to end users worldwide. But here’s the issue……

Read more

Still keeping your hybrid power systems indoors? It’s time for change…

3rd April 2017

Mobile telecommunications network equipment is expected to work without issue 24/7.  There is no compromise on this, which is why transmission equipment, BTS systems, RF equipment, etc., are designed, tested and built for operation in the most demanding of environmental conditions. This is especially important in the developing world where the weather – particularly heat…

Read more

What Makes an “Ideal” Data Centre?

15th February 2017

Data centres come in all shapes and sizes, their designs driven by a multitude of factors.  These can be highly disparate, from the purpose it is used for; to the physical environmental it is located in; the materials it’s constructed of; or even who it is designed – global colocation companies, cloud computing specialists, telecom…

Read more

Rectifier Failure in Emerging Markets – A Thing of the Past?

16th January 2017

Many emerging markets are plagued by bad AC power due to unstable power grids, faulty grid stabilisation equipment and old or poorly maintained gensets. This is fundamentally different from the power issues typically observed in more developed markets, so it’s hardly surprising when power conversion electronics designed for developed markets commonly fail when used in…

Read more

Three Critical Uses of Data for Off-Grid Telecom Power

16th December 2016

Consumers in off-grid areas are rapidly increasing their use of mobile Internet services.  At the same time they not only expect service to become more reliable, but they also want network coverage to expand and prices for mobile data plans to decrease too.  This is a big ask for mobile operators struggling to achieve base…

Read more