Africa Data Centres sets aside $500 million for African expansion

Africa Data Centres sets aside $500 million for African expansion
IMAGE: Africa Data Centres Midrand Campus
  • Africa Data Centres sets aside $500 million to more than double its already significant footprint in Africa
  • Company plans to expand capacity at its Johannesburg facilities to 100MW of IT load
  • Company plans to build 10 hyperscale data centres across Africa, including the top five data centre markets in Africa

Pan-African carrier-neutral co-location data centre provider Africa Data Centres, which is a Cassava Technologies business has announced that it has set aside $500 million to more than double its already significant footprint in Africa, and also plans to expand capacity at its Johannesburg facilities to 100MW of IT load.

This was said by Africa Data Centres Chief Executive Officer, Stephane Dupont, at the recent launch of a new 10MW data centre at the company’s campus in Midrand. The event was also attended by South Africa’s Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.

In addition, Africa Data Centres says it plans to expand its hyper-scale and enterprise focused data centres at its existing campuses in Midrand and Samrand and is securing land for a third location.

The company said the announcements represent “a step forward in Africa Data Centers’ expansion plans” announced in September 2021, which are the most ambitious data centre expansion plans Africa has ever witnessed’.

“We are already by far the largest pan-African data centre operator in Africa and by expanding at such a magnitude, that would further strengthen that leadership. What we are doing is centred around people using digital tools everyday which we are going to help to ensure that African data stays in Africa. We are providing the digital infrastructure to ensure that African data comes back to Africa and create more dynamism, more startups,” said Dupont.

“Africa’s population is 17% compared to the rest of the world and yet the continent has only 1% of the data centre capacity. It’s that data centre capacity that is going to strengthen that dynamism and that’s our mission,” he added.

The expansion plans will see the data centre giant building ten hyperscale data centres across Africa, including the top five data centre markets in Africa, namely South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and Egypt.

According to Dupont, the plans announced for Africa Data Centres’ Johannesburg facilities are an integral part of the expansion, as South Africa is one of the key data centre markets in Africa, and a gateway for smaller neighbouring markets.

Also speaking at the launch, Hardy Pemhiwa the President & CEO of Cassava Technologies said, “Today’s announcements by Africa Data Centres and our expansion plans, highlights our commitment to accelerating digital transformation in Africa. Growing our data centres footprint is a key part of delivering on our vision of a digitally connected future that leaves no African behind.”

“Data has become the new gold,” said Minister Ntshavheni. “The ability to process data has become the new capability to mine for the digital economy. Any country that does not have the ability to protect its own data and have sovereignty over it will not have a meaningful share of the digital economy. And the digital economy is not coming, it is here.”

“Data centres are going to grow the economies. If internet connectivity is the super-highway, then data centres are the new mega warehouses of the economy,” she concludes,