Invest in Data Center Africa

A special summit colocated with Datacloud Global Congress, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
Africa Theater - 8 June 2016.

In this timely event exploring the next phase of data center development across the continent, Invest in Data center Africa uniquely brings together the leadership of operating companies across the continent together with investors, hedge funds, private equity firms, banks, financiers, regional growth funds, government investment agencies, legal counsel and solutions companies and consultancies engaged in the sector.

Key themes for Invest in Data Center Africa 2016:

Market Assessment and Outlook: Africa Data Centre Landscape: based on new research by BroadGroup
Infrastructure Investment and Challenges 1: Energy - a realistic perspective for data center operators and investors
Infrastructure Investment and Challenges 2: Fiber and Connectivity – subsea and terrestrial fiber connectivity in Africa and planned developments
Investor Roundtable: criteria for data center funding, valuation, and security of debt servicing for Africa
Africa Data Centre Leadership Panel: The first ever leadership panel for the continent
How will Data Centre companies scale in Africa? - The development of pan-European data center businesses has revealed the value in scale and country coverage. Will the same business model apply to Africa?
Invest in Africa - Pitches for data center, cloud, hosting investment.
Case Study: Overseas Data Center Investors: Case studies of development, deployment and ROI.
Data Center Taxonomy for Africa: Build, Prefab or Modular? – what is the right approach?
Regulatory and Legal Developments impacting data center development in Africa - Regulation at country and regional level will impact datacentres. The panel highlight new developments across the region.
Winners and Losers in Africa Data Centre Development

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The data center industry in Africa has been progressively expanding in recent years with investment in construction, prefabricated and containerized facilities by enterprises and third party owners. However, across the continent the lack of continuous power supply dogs development of facilities and their ability to meet international standards. There is also a huge lack of capital, reliable internet connectivity and the scale of dark fibre infrastructure required is immense.

In common with the early stages of digital development in other regions, much of African content is hosted elsewhere.
Until current and future investment in undersea cables and terrestrial backbones is completed, internet traffic will be dependent on data centers outside the continent.

But change is afoot. The Cisco Global Cloud Index predicts that through 2018, the Middle East and Africa region is expected to have the highest cloud traffic growth rate (54 percent compound annual growth rate [CAGR]) globally. It also predicts that IP traffic for the region will reach 9.4 exabytes/month by 2019, 44 percent CAGR, and 6.3-fold growth.

What factors will drive further data center investment? Undersea cabling is expanding, further investment is occurring by banks in particular to make their data centers more resilient and telecom companies have invested in data centers. Oil rich countries such as Nigeria and Angola have some of the most advanced data centers on the continent. But there is more besides.

  • For investors, where are the next hot spots?
  • How will infrastructure opportunities - fibre, network, cloud, datacenter - be evaluated and financed?
  • What is the risk?
  • What currently prevents the Internet Giants from building infrastructure in Africa?


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