Fitch Solutions has ranked African countries in terms of the most digitally matured and likeliest nation to receive bulk of data centre investments over the coming years.
This was contained in Fitch Solutions “Outlook for Africa’s Data Centre Market.”
The report indicated that the African telecoms market is poised to offer long-term demand for data centres as it undergoes significant technological development.
This will provide a boost for investment and job opportunities in the ICT space.
“Governments in the region including Ghana are positioning their countries as regional hubs for IT vendors, which has attracted significant data centre investment. Global players have invested to extend their presence in the African data centre market with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft launching data centres in South Africa, with Huawei also announcing plans to construct a facility in the country. In addition, the market is seeing investment from local players including telecoms operators MTN and Vodacom as well as IT players such as SEACOM and Liquid Telecom.”
“In 2021 alone, a number of markets have been the beneficiaries of new data centre investments”, the report added.
It further explained that the investments are in response to the “growing regional demand for enterprise and consumer cloud services and applications. The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly accelerated the region’s demand for data centres as many markets were forced to increase their reliance on virtual work and education platforms in response to strict limitations on movement. The demand for digital solutions is expected to continue even after the pandemic abates, increasing the amounts of data which will need to be collected, processed and stored.”
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“These data demands will only increase as these technologies become more widespread, supported by governments’ pursuits of their transformation agendas to grow and diversify their economies.”
For instance, Ghana’s telecommunication industry is said to be one of the fastest-growing in Africa. The country’s 4G technology is growing at a rapid pace.
The government will introduce the 5th Generation Mobile Technology in the country. The 5G technology is expected to offer higher data speeds, improve efficiency and virtually connect everyone and everything, including machines, objects, and devices.
South Africa topped the ranking of the most digitally matured nation. Egypt took the second position while Kenya placed third. Ghana ranked fourth in the most digitally matured nation to receive the bulk of data centre investments.