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Extensive growth forecast for the African data centre market

By , ITWeb Africa Contributor
Africa , 26 Apr 2024
Ayotunde Coker
Ayotunde Coker

Africa's data centre market is expected to grow significantly, with a 50% capacity increase by 2026.

Despite technical and regulatory constraints, the continent offers significant opportunities in the midst of a thriving digital economy and increasing internet adoption.

This is according to a report co-authored by the Oxford Business Group (OBD) and the Africa Data Centres Association (ADCA).

The Data Centres in Africa report examines the continent's expanding data centre ecosystem, including infrastructure development, broadband expansion, and regulatory frameworks.

It emphasises the significance of closing the ICT skills gap and incorporating sustainability into data centre operations.

Ayotunde Coker, Chairman of ADCA, underlined the critical need for joint measures, such as setting up special economic zones and renewable energy subsidies, to unlock Africa's digital potential and drive its growth.

“As Africa leads this transformative wave, data centres emerge as the linchpin driving regional growth, powered by high-speed fibre-optic links and strategic investments," he went on to say.

The report says key markets such as Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, and Morocco are already leveraging their competitive advantages to attract investment and expedite digital infrastructure development.

Karine Loehman, OBG's managing director for Africa, was optimistic about the findings.

"As Africa leads the digital revolution, our latest focus report sheds light on the essential role of digital infrastructure in shaping the continent's economic landscape,” Loehman said.

The report was co-produced by MainOne, a West African underwater communications cable business, and Paix, a provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data centre services across Africa.

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