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Africa Data Centres opens South Africa facility as $500m expansion carries on

Plans to more than double the footprint across the continent with 10 hyperscale sites press ahead as data centre investments in Africa reach high double digit CAGRs.

By João Marques Lima

Co-founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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September 22, 2021 | 10:53 AM BST

Pan-African operator Africa Data Centres has completed its Johannesburg data centre, based in its Midrand Campus, one of the largest in Africa.

This facility has been designed to target technology companies and enterprises in and out of South Africa and comprises eight data halls with 97,000 sq ft of white space and 14.5MW of IT load.

Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres, said: “We are thrilled to be able to deliver to our existing and future customers the most modern data centre in Johannesburg. We are happy to be a partner in our customers’ growth by delivering capacity in this facility immediately.

“This investment demonstrates Africa Data Centres confidence in the South African economy and digital development.”

The new data centre is part of the company’s response to the demand for data centres as businesses across the continent accelerate their digital transformation journeys.

The unveiling of the new facility comes amidst Africa Data Centres’ announcement of plans to build 10 additional data centres in new countries including the North African countries of Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.

The expansion plans across Africa are estimated to top US$500 million, funded through new equity and facilities from leading development finance institutions and multilateral organisations.

Duproz added: “We have already begun to acquire land in these countries and plan to roll-out very quickly to meet the needs of our existing and new customers. This is just the beginning for us.

“Examining Africa’s growth trajectory has allowed us to make investment decisions on new locations and confidently commit to expanding selected existing locations, resulting in the largest investment of its kind in history.”

The provider announced the construction of a 10MW data centre last April to be based in Lagos, Nigeria, marking the business’ first site in the country of more than 200 million people.

Africa Data Centres today operates three facilities in South Africa, one in Nigeria and one in Kenya.

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