[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Africa Data Centres unveils 10MW data centre in Lagos, Nigeria
The demand for data centres in African continues to increase. The establishment of these data centres has positioned a number of companies as public cloud providers offering cloud services on the continent. On Monday, Africa Data Centres officially opened its new 10MW data centre facility in Lagos, Nigeria. The new facility, the company says, will pave the way for Africa Data Centres hyperscale customers to deploy digitisation solutions to West Africa. This latest announcement as we mentioned in our Africa weekly cloud review article follows hard on the heels of Africa Data Centres recently announced, major data centre expansion plans that will see the company building hyperscale data centres throughout Africa.
This week, Vodacom Business also announced the expansion of Cloud Connect offering to support business needs across Africa. UNICEF and Liquid Intelligent Technologies announced a partnership in support of Giga’s work to connect every school to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity, and choice.
Liquid Intelligent Technologies this week also announced that it's the launch partner for the new Microsoft Teams Essential offering, a solution that brings the Teams collaboration platform into an affordable package targeting small, medium and micro-enterprises across the continent. Mastercard announced a new collaboration with Meta to support the digitization and growth of SMEs across the MEA region.
As part of the analysis of the cybersecurity landscape in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria in 2021, Kaspersky researchers this week selected ransomware as the most dynamically changing type of threat.
In Kenya, DriveWealth, LLC, a pioneer in fractional investing and embedded finance announced a partnership with Hisa Technologies, Africa’s first wealth management platform that makes investing social. E-commerce leader Jumia partnered with eBee Africa to launch a fleet of electric bicycles, to amplify Jumia’s logistics capacity for delivery in Nairobi. Financial technology credit provider, 4G Capital developed a new tool that identifies financial stress and helps protect low-income consumers against over-indebtedness.
UNESCO and Huawei this week announced the launch of the implementations phase of the Technology-Enabled Open Schools for All (TeOSS) project in Ghana, Ethiopia, and Egypt. IBM and David Clark Cause announced Mavuno Link as the Middle East and Africa Regional Winner of the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge.
In Tanzania, Tech Mahindra, a provider of digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering services & solutions, partnered with Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd. (TANESCO) for one of the biggest Utility Transformation deals.
Other top highlights of the week include South African PropTech company e4 expanding to the UK, Nokia being selected by Ooredoo Group to bring multiple technologies and services, including 5G, to customers in Middle East, North Africa and Southeastouth-east Asia and MTN Group announcing the public offer to retail investors for the sale of up to 575 million shares held in MTN Nigeria, which will be priced at N169 per share.