Africa Data Center Construction Market - Industry Outlook & Forecast 2023-2028
The Africa data center construction market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.70% during 2022-2028..KEY HIGHLIGHTS
- In the African data center construction market, South Africa is the major contributor to the capacity in the region, with more than 50%, followed by Nigeria, Kenya, and other African countries. Cloud-based services, smart city developments, and fiber connectivity drive continuous regional data center investments.
- The region's major global cloud service providers include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google Cloud, Oracle, and Huawei Technologies. For instance, in September 2022, Google Cloud announced its plan to open a new cloud region in Cape Town, South Africa. The cloud region is expected to be operational in the next 2–3 years.
- The Africa data center construction market grows continuously in terms of connectivity by deploying new submarine cables such as Africa-1, 2Africa, India Europe Xpress (IEX), Equiano, and Medusa Submarine Cable System SeaMeWe – 6, which are expected to be ready for services during the forecast period.
Deployment of 5G Technologies
- The introduction of the 5G network in Africa is likely to generate a substantial amount of data, which will further lead to increasing investments in the African data center construction market. High internet connectivity, bandwidth, and less processing time is the feature of 5G technology. The countries like South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, and Ethiopia, have witnessed the commercial launch of the 5G network in the region, while the countries like Ghana, Algeria, Tanzania, and Congo were in the initial stages of their development.
- Vodacom, MTN, Ericsson, Orange, Ethio Telecom, and Rain are the main telecom operators in Africa involved in the commercial deployment of 5G services that partially or entirely cover 5G services in the country. Several pilot 5G projects are underway and expected to be deployed in the forecasted period.
Procurement of Renewable Energy Sources
- Due to the unavailability of proper power infrastructure in the African region, the facilities were forced to develop their renewable energy infrastructure for power generation.
I. MTN, a South Africa-based telecom company, operates four data centers in Kenya and other African countries, uses renewable energy to power its facilities, and targets carbon neutrality by 2040. It has introduced the "Project Zero" program.
II. In June 2022, Vantage Data Centers signed 20 years Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with SolarAfrica in which the company will procure 87 MWp of solar energy that will be used to power its new facility.
- The African region also has abundant availability of solar energy, like the Middle Eastern region. In contrast, most African countries are undertaking renewable energy strategies & visions to develop renewable energy projects and meet the carbon-neutral goals set by respective governments in the region.
I. In July 2022, the Nigerian government made a statement regarding its commitment to the sustainability goal for 2030. The government is planning to generate 30 GW of electricity from renewable sources by generating renewable energy as 30% of its total production.
II. Egypt expects to increase the share of electricity produced from renewable sources to 42% by 2035.
- Data centers are investing in power infrastructure with a minimum of N+1 redundancy. In 2022, UPS systems accounted for a market share of more than 30% of the total electrical infrastructure in data centers.
- The Africa data center construction market is investing in cooling infrastructure due to the high-temperature climate in some African countries. In 2022, cooling systems service providers invested a share of more than 65% of the total mechanical infrastructure.
- The region witnessed growth in the deployment of data centers in Tier III and Tier IV certification in the design phase/construction phase of the region. At the same time, most private and public entities (BFSI, education, government) have received Uptime Institute's Tier III/IV certification, either during the design phase or for the constructed facility.
The report includes the investment in the following areas:
- Electrical Infrastructure
- Mechanical Infrastructure
- General Construction
- UPS Systems
- Transfer Switches & Switchgear
- Other Electrical Infrastructure
- Cooling Systems
- Other Mechanical Infrastructure
- CRAC and CRAH Units
- Chillers Units
- Cooling Towers, Condensers, and Dry Coolers
- Other Cooling Units
- Air-based Cooling
- Liquid-based Cooling
- Core & Shell Development
- Installation & Commissioning Services
- Engineering & Building Design
- Fire Detection & Suppression
- Physical Security
- DCIM/BMS Solutions
- Tier I & Tier II
- Tier III
- Tier IV
- In the Africa data center construction market, countries like South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria are the developed data center markets in the region. Facilities in the region are developed with government support, which includes incentives for the operation of the data centers.
- Smart Cities, Special Economic Zones, Free Trade Zones, and governmental incentives and exemptions drive Africa data center construction market growth. South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Ghana are some of the major countries in the region which triggered the smart city investments. For instance, the Lanseria Smart City project, and Nkuna City project in South Africa, and the Eko Atlantic City in Nigeria.
- South Africa
- Other African Countries
KEY MARKET PARTICIPANTS' INITIATIVES
- The African data center construction market is witnessing increased demand across industries, and acquisitions & joint ventures enable new players to enter the market, attract customers, and capture a higher market share.
I. Equinix expanded its footprint in the region by completing the acquisition of MainOne, including MDX-I, in H1 2022.
II. Digital Realty acquired a major stake of around 55% in Teraco.
Prominent Support Infrastructure Providers
- Delta Electronics
- Master Power Technologies
- Schneider Electric
Prominent Data Center Construction Contractors
- Advanced Vision Morocco
- b2 Architects
- CAP DC
- Chess Enterprises
- Copy Cat Group
- Eastra Solutions
- Edarat Group
- EDS Engineers
- H&MV Engineering
- JLB Architects
- MWK Engineering
- Orascom Construction
- Royal HaskoningDHV
- Shaker Group
- Sterling & Wilson
- Summit Technology Solutions
- Tri-Star Construction
- United Egypt
- Westwood Management
Data Center Investors
- 21st Century Technology
- Africa Data Centres
- Digital Parks Africa
- Galaxy Backbone
- icolo.io (Digital Realty)
- Medallion Communications
- NTT Global Data Centers
- Paratus Namibia
- Rack Centre
- Raxio Data Centres
- Telecom Egypt
- Teraco (Digital Realty)
KEY QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
- Open Access Data Centres (OADC)
- Nxtra by Airtel
- Kasi Cloud
- Vantage Data Center
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