East Africa is undergoing a technological revolution. Banking modernisation, transition to cloud-based services and expansion in household electrification are all helping to increase demand for web-based services in the region.
Add in a renewed sense of data mission criticality into the mix and the recipe brings together all the ingredients to create opportunities for data centre development.
Although Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania are expected to drive the region’s growth further in 2018 and 2019, according to the African Development Bank Group, for many, a lack of awareness could mean that they are overlooking the potential opportunities in East Africa, according to Guy Willner, CEO of IXcellerate.
“In western Europe and the US, there remains a perception of these emerging markets: “Oh, I went there in 1972. It’s terrible, isn’t it? There’s no power.” Just because Western Europe and the US is like Sleepy Hollow – nothing much has changed in infrastructure terms since 1985 – it doesn’t mean that nothing has changed in those countries. So, for example, Kenya has got loads of power now – the power grid is pretty good,“ he says.