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The Cloud and Data Centre Revolution in Africa

  • ID: 5130895
  • Report
  • July 2020
  • Region: Africa
  • 101 Pages
  • Tariff Consultancy
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Africa is Undergoing a Revolution in New Cloud and Data Centre Capacity - With Growth Forecast of 80% and 50% Respectively Over the Coming 4-Year Period

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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 landmass 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 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 the forecasts.

Geographical coverage of African countries with DC presence

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Chad
  • DRC (the Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Libya
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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About Data Centre Pricing (DCP)
List of Figures - The Cloud & Data Centre Revolution taking place in Africa
Methodology - The Cloud & Data Centre Revolution taking place in Africa
Executive Summary - Highlights of The Cloud & Data Centre Revolution taking place in Africa

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 percent
Figure 6: A pie chart showing the breakdown of African Data Centre business models by numbers of the facility in percent
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 percent 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 the 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 percent 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 percent 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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The specialists in Data Centres, have launched ‘The Cloud and Data Centre Revolution in Africa’ report covering 26 countries' across the continent DC activities.

DCP has identified that half of the countries in Africa have now launched third-party Data Centre facilities with total African Data Centre space and power being equivalent to markets in Spain or Switzerland.

The report forecasts that the Southern Africa Region accounts for 54 percent of total third-party African Data Centre raised floor space followed by North Africa being the next largest region. In total DCP forecasts that the overall market for African Data Centre raised floor space will over 140,000 m2 as of the beginning of 2021 with 49 percent of growth overall to the beginning of 2025.  

The largest third-party Data Centre facility in Africa is under 10,000 Data Centre raised floor space, much smaller than their Data Centre counterparts in Asia, North America and Europe.

There is a significant investment in new Data Centre facilities, as a number of companies aim to build a Pan African Data Centre network of facilities from 2021. Until recently Africa has lacked Data Centre Providers with a presence in multiple countries - the scene is changing with a number of new private equity investors aiming to build Data Centre networks in Africa.

Carrier-Based Data Centre facilities - owned by a Telecoms Provider - account for almost half of all raised floor space in Africa, but the Carrier Neutral Data Centre segment is increasing and accounts for just under 30 percent of space.

Data Centres are entering new markets including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia. A trend includes facilities being created as PFMs (Pre-Fabricated Modules), as smaller self-contained Data Centres to be used for network, cloud, wholesale and colocation, suitable for local environments.    

The African market is being transformed by the introduction of Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) including AWS, Microsoft Azure Cloud, Oracle Cloud & HUAWEI CLOUD introducing availability zones located in South Africa - with telecom providers Safaricom & Vodacom now reselling AWS cloud to small businesses. DCP forecasts that African cloud revenues will accelerate by 80 percent over the four-year period to the beginning of 2025.    

Data Centre developers face a series of challenges in Africa, including raising finance for facility investment, overcoming legal land ownership issues, securing power, ensuring fibre connectivity, and ensuring that the facility is resilient in the face of weather conditions, heat, and humidity. Additionally, due to intermittent power supply issues, many Data Centre facilities use diesel-generated power for much of the day in developing markets.

Lower priced rack space is now available in South Africa benefitting from multiple Data Centre providers and facilities offering different tiers of service and power which can be adapted to specific customer needs.

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  • Actis
  • Accenture
  • African Data Centre Association (ADCA)
  • Africa DataCentres
  • Africell (formerly Orange Uganda)
  • Airtel
  • Algerie Telecom
  • Alibaba
  • Alphabet (the parent of Google)
  • Alcatel Submarine Network (ASN)
  • Altron
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Angola Cables
  • Angola Telecom
  • Angola Communication Systems
  • ASA MS Telecom
  • Axxess
  • Botswana Fibre Networks
  • Botswana Telecoms Corporation
  • Business Connexion (BCX)
  • CAMTEL
  • Cegelec
  • Cell C
  • China Communications
  • China International Telecommunications Construction Corporation (CITCC)
  • Cloud Exchange West Africa
  • COMPOST, the Cameroon Postal service
  • Comtel NBN
  • Content Delivery Networks (CDNs)
  • Convergence Partners Investments
  • CSquared
  • Dandemutande
  • Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)
  • Datacentrix
  • DataXion
  • Deloitte
  • Digital Africa Parks
  • DimensionData
  • Djibouti Telecom
  • Djibouti Data Center
  • DJIBOUTI INTERNET EXCHANGE (DjIX)
  • DRC’s National Post & Telecommunications Company
  • East Africa Data Centre (EADC – now part of Africa DataCentres)
  • Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP)
  • Emtel
  • EO Datacenter
  • EOH
  • Eskom
  • Ethio Telecom
  • Ethiopia DC (ETDC)
  • Etisalat
  • Etix
  • Evonet
  • Facebook
  • Fast Brick Holdings
  • Fibrecom
  • First Distribution
  • Galaxy Backbone
  • Ghana Internet Exchange
  • Gijima
  • GlobalConnect
  • Google
  • GPX Global
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • I-colo
  • IFC (International Finance Corporation, a subsidiary of the World Bank)
  • Infratel Corporation
  • Internet Exchange Pointe Nigeria
  • Inwi DC
  • Ipn
  • Ioco
  • IS (Internet Services) Data Centres
  • Islalink &. Liquid Telecom
  • ITA Data Center
  • iWayAfrica
  • Kenya Power
  • KT Rwanda Networks
  • Link Data Center (LDC)
  • Loon
  • MainOne
  • Maroc Telecom
  • MedAfrica Systems
  • Mettle Solar Africa
  • Microsoft
  • Mitsui
  • Mobinil (Egypt) rebranded to Orange)
  • MS Telecom
  • MTN
  • Mweb
  • Ngova Etix
  • Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
  • The Nigeria Internet Exchange (IXPN)
  • N+One
  • Northern Africa Power Pool
  • NSIA Technologies
  • Obsidian
  • Ooredoo
  • Oracle
  • Orange
  • Outsourcia
  • OVH
  • PAIX (Ghana – RackAfrica)
  • Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund
  • PowerTel
  • Rack Centre
  • Raxio
  • Raya DC
  • Rogers Capital
  • RSAWEB
  • Rwandan Utilities Regulation Authority
  • Safaricom
  • Seacom
  • Silicon Overdrive
  • Somtel (Somalia)
  • Sonatel Orange
  • Southern Africa Power Pool
  • Standard Bank
  • StorTech
  • STC Telco Velocity
  • Synthesis
  • Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd
  • TCM
  • Tech Madindra
  • Telecom Egypt
  • Telkom Kenya
  • Telkom South Africa
  • Teraco Data Environments
  • Tigo
  • Tmcel Mozambique
  • Trans-Sahara
  • T-Systems
  • Tunisie Telecom
  • Vertiv
  • VMware Cloud
  • Vodacom
  • West Africa Internet Exchange (WAF-IX)
  • West African Power Pool (WAPP)
  • XON
  • Xneelo
  • Zambia Information & Communications Technology Authority
  • Zesco
  • Zircom
  • Zuku Fiber
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The analyst researches its reports typically within a three-month period. All of its reports are based on primary and secondary research including interviews with relevant companies/operators covered in the report. The analyst also draws on its extensive in-house database and its contacts in the field of telecommunications it has established since the company was launched in 2006.

The analyst has 26-years of experience in the field of telecoms pricing both mobile and fixed. They have a network of consultants as well as a multi-lingual research team, with languages spoken French, German, Polish and Spanish.

 

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