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Africa Data Centres unveils new Lagos based datacentre

By , Portals editor
Africa , South Africa , Nigeria , 29 Nov 2021
Stephane Duproz, CEO, Africa Data Centres.
Stephane Duproz, CEO, Africa Data Centres.

Carrier-neutral co-location data centre provider 

According to the company the new facility will enable hyperscale customers to deploy digitisation solutions to West Africa.

CEO of Africa Data Centres, Stephane Duproz, describes Nigeria as one of the company’s key markets as there is a rapidly-growing demand for datacentres in the region, which is hungry for digitisation, as organisations of every type and size in Africa accelerate their digital transformation journeys.

Duproz says the new facility is the first of four faculties being earmarked for Nigeria, adding that the company has plans to also build an additional facility in Lagos at a separate location to ensure full disaster backup, whilst Abuja, and Port Harcourt will also get their own facilities.

“Africa Data Centres is witnessing an unprecedented demand for Fintech services, apps, broadband, cloud technologies, and more, all of which are seeing data demand skyrocket.”

This latest announcement follows hard on the heels of Africa Data Centres recently announced, major datacentre expansion plans that will see the company building hyperscale datacentres throughout Africa.

“These plans are the greatest Africa has ever seen. They will see us build some ten interconnected, cloud- and carrier-neutral data centres across the length and breadth of the continent, in an unmatched $500m investment in Africa’ digital transformation, which will double our already significant investment in the continent,” adds Duproz.

The 10MW facility in Lagos is a key part of this expansion as Nigeria is a critical African market in terms of leading the charge for hyperscale customers to deploy digitisation solutions to West Africa.

The Lagos facility will be the de facto hub for Africa Data Centres in West African, says Duproz. “We built this facility in response to the massive demand from hyperscalers, key cloud operators and multi-national enterprises that already use our facilities and have expressed interest in being a part of bringing digitisation at scale to West Africa. As the unquestioned leaders in datacentre operations in Africa, we were the clear choice as partners in their expansion strategies.”

Duproz said the Nigerian datacenters were part of a continental network of datacenters being rolled out in all the key cities of Africa.

SA investment

Earlier this month the company announced that it has secured an investment of almost R4-billion to expand its two Johannesburg-based datacentres from 30MW to 100MW of IT load.

ITWeb reported that Africa Data Centres forms part of fibre solutions provider Cassava Technologies, based across 14 countries, primarily in Eastern, Southern and South Africa, providing mobile operators, carriers, enterprise, media and content companies with high-speed connectivity solutions.

The report continued that Cassava Technologies, founded by executive chairman Strive Masiyiwa, is the new Pan-African technology group that owns large telco brands, such as Liquid Intelligent Technologies, Sasai Fintech, Vaya Technologies and Distributed Power Technologies.

Africa Data Centres owns three data centres in SA, in Midrand (JHB1), Centurion (JHB2) and Elfindale, Cape Town (CPT1).

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