Africa’s largest data centre operator set for £55 million investment

Africa’s largest data centre operator set for £55 million investment

Teraco Data Environments plans to invest about 1 billion rand (£55 million) as Africa’s largest data-centre operator expands infrastructure to meet rising demand.

The business will have spent 4.5 billion rand on building data-services centres in South Africa when the current investment cycle ends in 2019, chief financial officer Jan Hnizdo said in an interview Tuesday. Funding has come from a debt facility provided by Barclays Africa Group Ltd., also known as Absa, which is lending as much as 1.8 billion rand.

Teraco is investing to meet higher demand for data services in Africa as internet access improves and businesses adopt cloud-based technology. Internet giants such as Netflix and Facebook are seeking to reach more remote parts of the continent, while Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure need data storage. 

Teraco’s operations in Johannesburg are used by more than 200 African telecommunications providers and are able to provide 12,000 interconnections.