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DATACENTRE INFRASTRUCTURE VITAL TO GROWTH OF AFRICAN ECONOMIES

Johannesburg/London – 18 June 2012 – The development of datacentre infrastructure is vital to the growth of African economies, stated consulting firm BroadGroup who have recently completed a new study of data centres in sub Saharan Africa.

Private investment funds are underwriting the cost of selected fibre deployments across key metropolitan areas, subsea cable connectivity is significantly higher and seeing sustained development across the continent.

BroadGroup has found that datacentre infrastructure is still lacking in many countries, and that although South Africa leads with more than 50 datacentres and projected datacentre revenues of ZAR4 billion (USD 481m) by 2016, outside of Kenya and Nigeria, there is a pressing need for new and  efficient facilities.

BroadGroup research also suggests that modular data centres may offer many African countries the fastest solution in terms of durability, cost and time to deploy.

To this end, BroadGroup is producing the first regional datacentre conference for Africa (www.datacentreafrica.com) which takes place in Johannesburg 27-28 June. The extensive programme includes a review of modular deployment, Africa leadership panel, finance and investment in datacentres, energy and connectivity. Key findings of the BroadGroup study will be presented at the event.

The event also includes a workshop by Stellendale/Visual International, an industry exhibition and datacentre tour by Teraco. 

“With the arrival of the WACS undersea cable and proposed BRICS cable, the region is now benefitting from greater connectivity than ever before,” commented Alex Preston, consultant at BroadGroup. “As a result, we expect to see bandwidth costs falling in the coming years and the persistent issue of last mile redundancy addressed. With governments committed to mass infrastructure improvements, datacentres will assume a prominent role in contributing to the region’s further sustained economic growth.”

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization is a partner for the event. Sponsors include Schneider Electric, Teraco Data Environments, Stellendale Park/Visual International, Continuity SA, International Data Centre Group, AST Modular, CNET Training, Colo-X and the West Africa Data Centre Association.

Media partners include Africa Telecoms, Datacenter Journal, and InfoCom. The official publications for the event are datacentres.com and Finance and Investment for Datacentres News.

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