Are African mobile markets insulated from economic slumps?

Are African mobile markets insulated from economic slumps? At times, that certainly seems to be the case. Take Nigeria. Since 2016, the Nigerian economy has averaged ~1% annual growth, its worst stretch of performance for at least a decade. Over that same period, the country’s mobile industry growth has averaged between 10% and 13% annually. In South Africa, another beacon of dismal economic performance, mobile sector growth has been running ahead of revenue by 2-3 percentage points.

The South African Data Center Market and the Eskom Threat

South Africa is facing an acute electricity crisis. Since last September, South African electricity customers have been subjected to wide-scale load-shedding (a euphemism for scheduled power outages) as power utility Eskom struggled to manage an aging power plant fleet. On December 9, the outages reached extreme proportions, with Eskom taking offline 6GW (~15% of its available capacity) of power to avert a collapse of the entire grid.

Airtel Africa Results Analysis: The Turnaround Continues

We’re unpacking Airtel Africa 2019 results - best cash performance since 2010. African business now largely rides on Nigerian operations, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

The Rise of the African Cloud

Africa is emerging as a lively battlefield for global cloud providers. This week, Microsoft’s Azure Africa cloud services went live, with services offered from data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The launch of Azure came just one day after Huawei announced that its African cloud region was now operational, also from South Africa. Last year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that its first Africa cloud “availability zone” will become operational in the first half of 2020.

Data Centers: the Hottest Growth Area in the African ICT Market?

The report, titled “African Data Center Boom” notes that African data center market growth has reached an inflection point. “More multi-tenant data center facilities will be built across Africa over the next two years than were established over the past three combined. Data center colocation space, power, and revenue are all set to double over the next five years.”

Why AWS went to Bahrain – and what that means for Africa

Last year, global cloud services provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that it would open its first AWS Middle East region in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Bahrain choice was a surprise for most observers of Middle East cloud and hosting markets, for it bucked conventional Middle East cloud wisdom. Alibaba, Microsoft and Google are all building their Middle East cloud regions out of Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Riyadh, the region’s largest data center metros.

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