The African Data Center Boom

At long last, the African data center boom is here. After years of strong promise, but relatively slow expansion outside of South Africa, the African data center market has entered a phase of accelerated growth.

More enterprises are adopting colocation services. Global CDN players are bulking up their African edge node presence. And crucially, the hyperscale cloud is here. As it has elsewhere, hyperscale demand is transforming colocation demand patterns and volumes, altering the colo market’s traditional competitive structure, business models, and the very nature of Africa’s data center facilities.

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Report Summary

The African Data Center Boom is our most comprehensive data center research to date, leveraging months of research and interviews, extensive data collection and new analytical tools for data center analysis and geo-mapping. The report provides an unprecedented view into the dynamics underpinning the African Multi-tenant Data Center colocation market – all with the Xalam team’s uncompromising focus on finding investor value – wherever it may be.

Among critical highlights from the 2018 Edition of our Africa data center report:

All arrows are pointing up; African gross colo power will double (from 2017 levels) by 2020, triple by 2023; at least 15 new sizeable facilities will become operational over the 201-2020 period, the largest such expansion over the past five years;
Retail enterprise markets are still underpenetrated; less than 20% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s potential for demand for data center space is currently being served; in many markets, utilization rates are set to double;
A new breed of colo providers is emerging – iColo, PAIX, Raxio, Etix are all changing the face of the SSA data center marketplace – and ushering the age of the African edge;
The global colo providers are coming – 2019 will likely be the year of Equinix, Interxion – or somebody else..

Release Date – November 15, 2018
From South Africa to Nigeria and Uganda, 10+ markets explored in depth; 50+ charts; more than 50 providers
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