The Cloud and Data Centre Revolution in Africa

The Cloud and Data Centre Revolution in Africa


Compared with other Data Centre markets around the world, Africa is unique in the sense it  has a population of over 1.3 billion people and with a total land mass of 30,365,000 km and has the potential to create huge demand for Data Centres and the digital services provided by Data Centre facilities.


 To-date only a small portion of the potential demand for African Data Centre space has been met with Africa having a low Data Centre penetration rate compared with other regions.


 This report covers details of the of the 62 Data Centres with 139 facilities now present in 26 countries out of the total of 53 countries in Africa (See coverage below).


 Datacentrepricing forecasts that the African third-party Data Centre market is set to grow rapidly from 2021 onwards although starting from a low installed base. 


 The report also looks at the CSPs (Cloud Service Providers), to-date  AWS and Microsoft have established their services in Africa the number of cloud users in the region is set to grow sharply according to datacentrepricing's forecasts.


Section One - Introduction – The Africa Data Centre Landscape
1. Mapping the African Continent by region
2. World Economic Forum & World Bank analysis of Africa
3. Fibre connectivity across Africa (domestic & international)
4. Power availability in Africa
5. Sustainable power availability in Africa
6. Cloud services in Africa
7. Data Centres in Africa
Section Two – Africa Data Centre Country Markets
North Africa Region survey by Country Market
The key Data Centre developments by Country
Key Infrastructure developments by Country
Forecast Data Centre developments in the North Africa Region (2021 to 2025)
East Africa Region survey by Country Market
The key Data Centre developments by Country
Key Infrastructure developments by Country
Forecast Data Centre developments in the East Africa Region (2021 to 2025)
West Africa Region survey by Country Market
The key Data Centre developments by Country
Key Infrastructure developments by Country
Forecast Data Centre developments in the West Africa Region (2021 to 2025)
Southern Africa Region survey by Country Market
The key Data Centre developments by Country
The Infrastructure developments by Country
Forecast Data Centre developments in the Southern Africa Region (2021 to 2025)
Section Three – Profiles of the key Data Centre Players in Africa
Africa DataCentres (Liquid Telecom) Profile
BCX Data Centre Profile
DataXion Data Centre Profile
EO Data Centre Profile
I-colo Data Centre Profile
IS (Internet Services) Data Centre Profile
MainOne Data Centre Profile
N+ONE Data Center Profile
Rack Centre Data Centre Profile
Telkom Data Centre Profile
Teraco Data Environments Profile
Vodacom Data Centre Profile
Section Four – Conclusions and Key Trends for The Cloud & Data Centre Revolution in Africa
1. Conclusions – The Cloud & Data Centre Revolution in Africa
2. Key Trends – The Cloud & Data Centre Revolution in Africa
3. Combined Forecast – African Data Centre space and power from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025
4. Forecast – Africa Cloud from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025
List of Figures – The Cloud and Data Centre Revolution in Africa
Figure 1: A table showing the foreign currencies used in the report converted into USD 1
Figure 2: A table summarising the African Data Centre Landscape – forecast as of the beginning of 2021
Figure 3: A chart showing the size of the African Data Centre market compared with other Country Markets - in thousands of m2 forecast as of the beginning of 2021
Figure 4: A table showing Africa’s relative position in the world economy by key metrics
Figure 5: A pie chart showing the breakdown of third-party Data Centre floor space by four African regions - forecast as of the beginning of 2021 in per cent
Figure 6: A pie chart showing the breakdown of African Data Centre business models by numbers of facility in per cent
Figure 7: A table showing the recent Data Centre investments in local African markets
Figure 8: A table showing the new small Data Centre facilities being launched in African Country Markets
Figure 9: A chart showing forecast third-party African Data Centre space (in m2) from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025
Figure 10: A chart showing forecast third-party African Data Centre Customer Power (DCCP – in MW) from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025
Figure 11: A table showing the Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) based in Africa as of June 2020
Figure 12: A pie chart showing a breakdown of African Data Centre space by Country Market in per cent as of the beginning of 2021
Figure 13: A chart showing the forecast growth in African cloud service revenues from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025 - in millions of USD
Figure 14: A chart showing the amount of third-party Data Centre space divided by population size for selected countries
Figure 15: A table showing the third-party African Data Centres certified by the US UpTime Institute
Figure 16: A table showing the WEF GCI 2020 survey ranking for selected African countries
Figure 17: A table showing the African Countries ranked in the 2019 World Bank Doing Business survey
Figure 18: A table showing the number of servers per million of population for selected African Countries
Figure 19: A diagram showing the Liquid Telecom fibre network including the terrestrial East to West Africa fibre connection
Figure 20: A table showing the new domestic fibre connections available in Africa
Figure 21: A table showing Broadband speeds by selected African Countries with 5 GB film download times
Figure 22: A table showing the mean download speeds for 40 African countries
Figure 23: A table showing the key subsea cable systems connecting Africa
Figure 24: A schematic showing the Equiano subsea cable system
Figure 25: A table showing the percentage of renewable power - as a percentage of total power – by selected African Countries
Figure 26: A table showing standard electricity costs by selected African Country Markets in USD per kWh
Figure 27: A table showing the key African Internet Exchange Points
Figure 28: A picture showing the Loon base station and balloon
Figure 29: A table showing the new Pan-African Data Centre facilities planned in the region
Figure 30: A table showing the key Telecoms Provider Data Centre facilities by African Country
Figure 31: A simplified map showing the Countries in the North Africa Region
Figure 32: A table showing forecast Country Market raised floor space in ‘000’s of m2 for the North Africa Region from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025
Figure 33: A table showing forecast Country Market DCCP in MW for the North Africa Region from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025
Figure 34: A table showing the key new Data Centre developments in the North Africa Region
Figure 35: A simplified map showing the Countries in the East Africa Region
Figure 36: A table showing forecast Country Market raised floor space in ‘000s of m2 for the East Africa Region from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025
Figure 37: A table showing forecast Country Market DCCP in MW for the East Africa Region from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025
Figure 38: A table showing the new Data Centre developments in the East Africa Region
Figure 39: A simplified map showing the Countries in the West Africa Region
Figure 40: A table showing the key new Data Centre developments in the West Africa Region
Figure 41: A table showing forecast Country Market raised floor space in ‘000s of m2 in the West Africa Region
Figure 42: A table showing forecast Country Market DCCP in MW in the West Africa Region
Figure 43: A simplified map showing the Countries in the Southern Africa Region
Figure 44: A table showing forecast Country Market raised floor space in ‘000’s of m2 for the Southern Africa Region
Figure 45: A table showing forecast Country Market DCCP in MW for the Southern Africa Region
Figure 46: A table showing the key new Data Centre developments in the Southern Africa Region
Figure 47: A table showing the Data Centre space forecast for Africa from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025 (in m2)
Figure 48: A chart showing the Data Centre space forecast for Africa from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025 (in m2)
Figure 49: A table showing the Data Centre Power forecast for Africa from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025 (in MW)
Figure 50: A chart showing a Data Centre Power forecast for Africa from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025 (in MW)
Figure 51: A chart showing the Data Centre space forecast for Africa (broken down by North, East, West & Southern Regions) from the beginning of 2021 to 2025 (in m2)
Figure 52: A chart showing the Data Centre power forecast for Africa (broken down by North, East, West & Southern Regions) from the beginning of 2021 to 2025 (in MW)
Figure 53: A table showing the CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) space forecast for Africa (broken down by North, East, West & Southern Regions) from the beginning of 2021 to 2025 (in per cent per annum)
Figure 54: A table showing the CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) power forecast for Africa (broken down by North, East, West & Southern Regions) from the beginning of 2021 to 2025 (in per cent per annum)
Figure 55: A chart showing a cloud computing forecast in Africa from the beginning of 2021 to the beginning of 2025 in millions of USD per annum

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