Data Centres in Africa
A new generation of data centres are being built in Africa’s smaller economies, fuelling a $5bn market opportunity. Data centres, which house digital infrastructure such as servers and cables, enable faster connections and the ability to store the data of tens of millions of people. In doing so, they improve the experience of using online services such as ecommerce, banking and online entertainment. The emergence of local data centres has powered a surge in cloud-based computing in 5 of Africa’s largest economies — SA, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco — in the last 5 years. The number of data centres built in smaller African economies is surging, with up to $700m of capital investment pouring in each year in the past 2 years, according to data from research firm Xalam Analytics which monitors the industry.
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