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Africa Data Center Market - Industry Outlook & Forecast 2022-2027

PUBLISHED DATE Jan 2022
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AFRICA DATA CENTER MARKET WITNESSED INVESTMENTS OF USD 2.6 BILLION IN 2021 AND WILL WITNESS INVESTMENTS OF USD 5.4 BILLION BY 2027, GROWING AT A CAGR OF 12.73% DURING 2022-2027

Africa Data Center Report Includes Size, Share, & Trends Analysis by Infrastructure (IT Infrastructure, Electrical Infrastructure, Mechanical Infrastructure, and General Construction), by IT infrastructure (Server Infrastructure, Storage Infrastructure, and Network Infrastructure), by Electrical Infrastructure (UPS Systems, Generators, Transfer Switches & Switchgear, Power Distribution Units, and Other Electrical Infrastructure), by Mechanical Infrastructure (Cooling Systems, Racks, and Other Mechanical Infrastructure), by Cooling Systems ( CRAC & CRAH Units, Chiller Units, Cooling Towers, Condensers & Dry Coolers, Economizers & Evaporative Coolers, and Other Cooling Units), by Cooling Technique (Air-Based Cooling Technique and Liquid-Based Cooling Technique), by General Construction (Core & Shell Development, Installation & Commissioning Services, Engineering & Building Design, Physical Security, Fire Detection & Suppression, and DCIM/BMS Solutions), by Tier Standard (Tier I & II, Tier III, and Tier IV), and Geography (South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, Algeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Other African Countries) Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2022–2027

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Report Attribute Details
MARKET SIZE (REVENUE) USD 5.4 BILLION (2027)
MARKET SIZE (AREA) 1355 THOUSAND SQ. FEET (2027)
MARKET SIZE (POWER CAPACITY) 267 MW (2027)
CAGR 12.73 % (2022-2027)
BASE YEAR 2021
FORECAST YEAR 2022-2027
MARKET SEGMENTS Infrastructure (IT Infrastructure, Electrical Infrastructure, Mechanical Infrastructure, and General Construction), IT infrastructure (Server Infrastructure, Storage Infrastructure, and Network Infrastructure), by Electrical Infrastructure (UPS Systems, Generators, Transfer Switches & Switchgear, Power Distribution Units, and Other Electrical Infrastructure), Mechanical Infrastructure (Cooling Systems, Racks, and Other Mechanical Infrastructure), Cooling Systems ( CRAC & CRAH Units, Chiller Units, Cooling Towers, Condensers & Dry Coolers, Economizers & Evaporative Coolers, and Other Cooling Units), Cooling Technique (Air-Based Cooling Technique and Liquid-Based Cooling Technique), General Construction (Core & Shell Development, Installation & Commissioning Services, Engineering & Building Design, Physical Security, Fire Detection & Suppression, and DCIM/BMS), by Tier Standard (Tier I & II, Tier III, and Tier IV)
GEOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS Africa
COUNTRIES COVERED South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, Algeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Other African Countries

AFRICA DATA CENTER MARKET OVERVIEW

Africa data center market witnessed investments of USD 2,663 million in 2021 and will witness investments of USD 5,464 million by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 12.73% during 2022-2027. Data centers in Africa are attracting significant investments in recent years, led by South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. There are more than 9 data centers in Africa, each adding a white floor area of around 30,000 square feet or more each in 2021. Several country's governments are taking initiatives by developing special economic zones and industrial parks, which provide tax exemptions for data center development.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The era of hyperscale Africa has begun with the significant interest shown by both global as well as local operators in building data centers with a capacity of over 20 MW.
  • In October 2021, Vantage Data Centers announced its entry to the Africa region, with around USD 1 billion investment towards the construction of a data center, with an initial hyperscale facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • In December 2021, Equinix announced its plan to acquire MainOne for around USD 320 million to expand its operations in Africa.
  • In January 2022, Digital Realty announced that it is in the process of acquiring a majority stake in Teraco Data Environments, wherein the transaction is expected to be completed by the end of H1, 2022.
  • Cloud adoption is likely to grow up to 25% annually in South Africa and expects to generate up to USD 1.5 billion by 2024. SaaS is being widely adopted among organizations in South Africa, followed by IaaS solutions in the country's data center and networking market.
  • In September 2021, Eskom, a utility firm based in South Africa, announced to invest around USD 7 billion for renewable energy plans for the next nine years. This will drive the demand in the South African data center market.
  • The increase in submarine cable investment and fiber connectivity is likely to attract more data center investments in the region. South Africa has the highest number of submarine cable deployments, followed by Nigeria and Kenya.
  • In terms of area, South Africa is the major contributor in adding the white floor area of more than 230 thousand square feet, followed by Nigeria, which added more than 100 thousand square feet of area, and also Egypt, with around 80 thousand square feet. Thus, there is a lot of opportunities in for Africa colocation market.

AFRICA DATA CENTER MARKET SEGMENTS

The Africa data center market is segmented on the basis of-

  • Infrastructure
  • IT infrastructure
  • Electrical Infrastructure
  • Mechanical Infrastructure
  • Cooling Systems
  • Cooling Technique
  • General Construction
  • Tier Standard
  • Geography

AFRICA DATA CENTER SEGMENTATION

  • IT Infrastructure: Around USD 20 billion will be spent on procuring IT infrastructure for data centers in Africa during 2022-2027. Adopting cloud, big data, and IoT will increase the deployment of high-end applications and need more efficient systems for processing workloads.
  • CRAC & CRAH units: Spending on CRAC and CRAH units accounts for 40% of the overall cooling systems in African data centers. With the growing number of data centers and increase in the rack densities & power capacity, data center operators have started to adopt multiple CRAC & CRAH units spread across multiple data halls.
  • Africa data center market growth will bring in USD 900 million revenue opportunities for UPS systems suppliers from 2022-2027. Hyperscale investment will grow the adoption of lithium-ion batteries during the forecast period as their price will decline.

GEOGRAPHICAL OUTLOOK

  • South Africa: South Africa still dominates with over 50% share in data center investments in 2021. The market is witnessing the entry of global data center colocation service providers through independent data center developments and partnerships or via acquisitions by major colocation providers in the country. In 2021, Teraco Data Environments, Africa Data Centre, NTT Global Data Centers were the major data center investors.
  • Nigeria: Over 150 MW of data center capacity will be added to the market during 2022-2027. The shift of industry sectors such as BFSI, education, retail, manufacturing, and others toward new technologies such as cloud and big data is likely to aid the growth of the market during the forecast period. Microsoft has partnered with the Nigerian government to launch projects in the country aimed at promoting connectivity, upskilling citizens, and increasing digitalization.
  • Egypt: Over USD 600 million will be the cumulative investment made on data center infrastructure during 2022-2027. Government support is fueling opportunities for the data center market in Egypt. In August 2021, the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) announced a framework for the development of data centers in the country, offering hosting and cloud computing services. This framework is aimed at making the market attractive to hyperscale operators and cloud service providers.

VENDOR LANDSCAPE

  • Global cloud service providers such as AWS, Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle are expanding their presence with new cloud regions. So there is an opportunity for vendors to grow in suburban areas and fuel the demand for hyperscale data centers in Africa.
  • In December 2021, Equinix announced its plan to acquire MainOne data centers with a sum of around USD 320 million to expand operations in Africa.
  • The new entrants have a strong opportunity with new innovative technologies of infrastructure in the Africa cloud data center. In addition, the threat of acquisitions is to be also high since global data center operators acquire existing data centers in the region.
  • In 2020, NetApp acquired two companies - Talon Storage Solutions, a next-generation software-defined storage solutions provider for USD 23 million, and Cloud Jumper Corporation, virtual desktop infrastructure, and remote desktop services solution provider, for USD 34 million.

The Africa data center market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry analysis with revenue and forecast insights for the following segments:

Market Segmentation by Infrastructure

  • IT Infrastructure
  • Electrical Infrastructure
  • Mechanical Infrastructure
  • General Construction

Market Segmentation by IT infrastructure

  • Server Infrastructure
  • Storage Infrastructure
  • Network Infrastructure

Market Segmentation by Electrical Infrastructure

  • UPS Systems
  • Generators
  • Transfer Switches & Switchgear
  • Power Distribution Units
  • Other Electrical Infrastructure

Market Segmentation by Mechanical Infrastructure

  • Cooling Systems
  • Racks
  • Other Mechanical Infrastructure

Market Segmentation by Cooling Systems

  • CRAC & CRAH Units
  • Chiller Units
  • Cooling Towers, Condensers & Dry Coolers
  • Economizers & Evaporative Coolers
  • Other Cooling Units

Market Segmentation by Cooling Technique

  • Air-Based Cooling Technique
  • Liquid-Based Cooling Technique

Market Segmentation by General Construction

  • Core & Shell Development
  • Installation & Commissioning Services
  • Engineering & Building Design
  • Physical Security
  • Fire Detection & Suppression
  • DCIM/BMS

Market Segmentation by Tier Standard

  • Tier I & II,
  • Tier III
  • Tier IV

Market Segmentation by Geography

  • South Africa
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Morocco
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Algeria
  • Ghana
  • Ivory Coast
  • Other African Countries

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the size and share of the Africa data center market?

Africa data center market witnessed investments of USD 2,663 million in 2021 and will witness investments of USD 5,464 million by 2027.

What are the investment opportunities in the Africa data center market?

All countries in the Africa will see more and more installations of inland and submarine network connectivity, leading to higher data center development driven by efforts from government agencies, telecommunication service providers, and colocation providers. This will provide ample amount of opportunities for data center vendors in Africa.

Who are the key investors in the Africa data center industry?

The key investors in Africa data center industry are icolo.io, IXAfrica, MainOne, NTT Global Data Centers, Paratus Namibia, Rack Centre, Raxio Group, Telecom Egypt, Teraco Data Environments and Wingu.

What are the latest trends in cloud technology which directly impact the growth of the Africa data center market?

The market in Africa is among the significantly growing markets with rising adoptions of cloud services by organizations across sectors such as healthcare, education system, government entities and others. Also, the growing needs of data security and portability is driving the growth of cloud service market in the region.

What are the factors driving the data center market growth in Africa?

The factors driving the growth of the Africa data center market are migration from on-premise to colocation and managed services, growing smart city initiatives, government support for data centers.

Which companies are expanding their position in the Africa data center market?

Equinix among the leading data center operator is expanding into African region by acquiring MainOne a leading West African data center and connectivity solutions provider. Digital Realty has acquired stakes in Teraco Data Envionment fueling the companies ambition to become a pan African data center operator.

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Africa data center market witnessed investments of USD 2,663 million in 2021 and will witness investments of USD 5,464 million by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 12.73% during 2022-2027

The following factors are likely to contribute to the growth of the Africa data center market –

  • Growing Smart City Initiatives
  • Government Support for Data Centers
  • Growing Artificial Intelligence Adoption
  • Migration from On-premise to Colocation & Managed Services
  • Adoption of Advance IT Infrastructure

Base Year: 2021

Forecast Year: 2022-2027

The study considers a detailed scenario of the present Africa data center market and its market dynamics for 2022−2027. It covers a detailed overview of several market growth enablers, restraints, and trends. The report offers both the demand and supply aspects of the market. It profiles and examines leading companies and other prominent ones operating in the market.

Prominent IT Infrastructure Providers

  • Arista Networks
    • Business Overview
    • Product Offerings
  • Atos
  • Broadcom
  • Cisco Systems
  • Dell Technologies
  • Fujitsu
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)
  • Hitachi Vantara
  • Huawei Technologies
  • IBM
  • Inspur
  • Juniper Networks
  • Lenovo
  • NetApp
  • Oracle

Prominent Support Infrastructure Providers

  • 4Energy
    • Business Overview
    • Product Offerings
  • ABB
  • Caterpillar
  • Cummins
  • Delta Electronics
  • Eaton
  • EVAPCO
  • Enlogic
  • Legrand
  • Master Power Technologies
  • Rittal
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Schneider Electric
  • Siemens
  • STULZ
  • Vertiv

Prominent Data Center Construction Contractors

  • Abbeydale
    • Business Overview
    • Service Offerings
  • Advanced Vision Morocco
  • ARSMAGNA
  • Arup
  • Atkins
  • B2 Architects
  • CAP DC
  • Chess Enterprises
  • Copy Cat Group
  • Eastra Solutions
  • Edarat Group
  • EDS Engineers
  • Egypro
  • H&MV Engineering
  • Ingenium Engineers
  • Interkel
  • JLB Architects
  • MWK Engineering
  • Orascom Construction
  • Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Shaker Group
  • Sterling & Wilson
  • Summit Technology Solutions
  • Tri-Star Construction
  • United Egypt
  • Westwood Management

Prominent Data Center Investors

  • Africa Data Centres
    • Business Overview
    • Service Offerings
  • io
  • IXAfrica
  • MainOne
  • NTT Global Data Centers
  • Paratus Namibia
  • Rack Centre
  • Raxio Group
  • Telecom Egypt
  • Teraco Data Environments
  • Wingu

New Data Center Investors in The Market

  • Open Access Data Centres (OADC)
    • Business Overview
    • Service Offerings
  • Vantage Data Centers

Market Segmentation by Infrastructure

  • IT Infrastructure
  • Electrical Infrastructure
  • Mechanical Infrastructure
  • General Construction

Market Segmentation by IT infrastructure

  • Server Infrastructure
  • Storage Infrastructure
  • Network Infrastructure

Market Segmentation by Electrical Infrastructure

  • UPS Systems
  • Generators
  • Transfer Switches & Switchgear
  • Power Distribution Units
  • Other Electrical Infrastructure

Market Segmentation by Mechanical Infrastructure

  • Cooling Systems
  • Racks
  • Other Mechanical Infrastructure

Market Segmentation by Cooling Systems

  • CRAC & CRAH Units
  • Chiller Units
  • Cooling Towers, Condensers & Dry Coolers
  • Economizers & Evaporative Coolers
  • Other Cooling Units

Market Segmentation by Cooling Technique

  • Air-Based Cooling Technique
  • Liquid-Based Cooling Technique

Market Segmentation by General Construction

  • Core & Shell Development
  • Installation & Commissioning Services
  • Engineering & Building Design
  • Physical Security
  • Fire Detection & Suppression
  • DCIM/BMS

Market Segmentation by Tier Standard

  • Tier I & II,
  • Tier III
  • Tier IV

Market Segmentation by Geography

  • South Africa
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Morocco
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Algeria
  • Ghana
  • Ivory Coast
  • Other African Countries

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