Africa Data Centers, part of the Cassava Technologies group, is the continent’s largest network of interconnected, carrier, and cloud-neutral data center facilities. It is a leading communications solutions provider across 13 countries, primarily in Eastern, Southern, and South Africa, serving mobile operators, carriers, enterprise, media, and content companies, and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity, hosting, and digital services. Africa Data Centers continues to make significant investments in the region’s ICT infrastructure, and it can now confidently claim to be the continent’s largest and best data center operator. Clients can access interconnection and best-in-class data center infrastructure thanks to the organization’s carrier- and vendor-neutral offering. It has constructed Africa’s largest independent fiber network, spanning over 73,000 kilometers.
The African Data Center started the expansion of its Samrand facility in Johannesburg from 10MW to 40MW of IT load. The expansion will allow global cloud clients to service SA and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa. The company announced its expansion plans in September 2021. African Data Center plans to expand data centers across Africa, including in the top five data center markets in Africa: Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, South Africa, and Egypt. The company invested $ 500 million to start the expansion of the Africa Data Center. This will double the companies’ output, helping Africa to achieve its digital transformation goal. The construction will take place in phases. The first phase, which is already in motion, will deliver 20MW across eight data halls by 2023. The next phase will add 10 MW of IT load by the end of 2025. All critical plant rooms will be prefabricated off-site, making the infrastructure completely modular. A 1 MW data center can power around 700 homes; this new expansion will have the capacity to power 28,000 homes. When the Samrand facility expansion is completed, the Africa Data Center’s total platform capacity is expected to exceed 100 MW. This ongoing investment in world-class data center facilities will allow global cloud clients to service South Africa and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa. The data center expansion currently underway will increase the company’s capacity and African competitiveness around the globe. Furthermore, the Samrand facility expansion and growth plans highlight dedication and commitment to driving digital forward in Africa.