Africa Data Centres has plans underway to create vast hyper-scale data centres in ten African countries; aimed at boosting employment and economic growth among other things.
The project costing more than USD 500 million, is to be completed over the next two years, and will be financed with fresh equity and facilities from prominent development financing institutions and international organizations.
The company, which is a subsidiary of Liquid Intelligent Technologies (formerly known as Liquid Telecom Kenya), stated that it will invest in innovative grey-water systems, garbage disposal, and renewable energy sources in order to cut carbon emissions. Already, the company operates nine data centres across Africa.
Mr. Stephane Dupro, CEO of Africa Data Centres, stated that the company has purchased the property in individual countries in preparation for the building of the facilities, which would be interconnected.
“Examining Africa’s growth trajectory has allowed us to confidently commit to expanding selected existing locations, resulting in the largest investment of its kind in history,” he said. “The impact of a data centre is long-lasting, with immediate job creation stemming from the physical build and enduring economic growth once operational,” he added.
The data centres, he said, will provide high-speed data facilities, which will entice multinational companies looking to break into the African market.
“Through the continual deployment of capital-intensive infrastructure projects, our commitment to Africa has important knock-on implications for the communities and economies we serve,” he continued.
Banking and rising fintech industries, insurance and medical organizations, the public sector, hyper-scale cloud providers, content providers, and Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs), are among the sectors that would profit from the centres.