Africa Data Centres (ADC) has begun construction of its latest facility in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new facility is scheduled for completion in 2021.
Africa Data Centres currently holds five data centres across the continent in major cities including Nairobi, Harare and Kigali. Outside of South Africa the company has its biggest facilities in Nairobi.
Xavier Matagne, group development director at Africa Data Centres, said the new data centre will offer customers the flexibility they require from a co-location facility, irrespective of whether they are a small business needing a single, low-density rack or one of the largest enterprises requiring multiple, very high-density racks.
According to Matagne, the new facility is unique in the way that certain elements of the project will be built on site. Others, most notably the critical plant rooms, are prefabricated and then added at the appropriate phase of construction.
African markets have experienced a surge in the demand for data centres following the growing digitization of businesses and increasing adoption of digital tools
In December 2019, a survey by international construction and project management firm Turner and Townsend found that demand for data centres globally is expected to increase in 2020 while Nairobi and Johannesburg were primed for growth in market activity in Africa.
The survey also found that it is still more expensive to build a data centre in Nairobi than Johannesburg.