Next month, Huawei will begin work on one of two data centres they are building in South Africa.
Huawei has said it will support localized public cloud services based on domestic policies and requirements as part of its plan for a fully-connected Africa. Huawei’s acknowledged they will be partnering with local companies:
The company is working with South African partners for the construction of the data centers in Johannesburg initially and later Cape Town.
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The plans to build data centres in Africa where announced back in 2018 but back then Huawei would not disclose when and where they would be building the databases. The second data centre will be in Cape Town and Huawei is yet to disclose when work will commence on the Cape Town data centre.
Huawei will compete with Microsoft and Amazon who are also interested in having their own data centres in South Africa. Huawei’s move will actually place pressure on Microsoft who had initially promised that their data centres would be up and running by the end of 2018. They have pushed that back towards the end of 2019. Amazon said they will open their data centre in SA in the first half of 2020.
The promise of these big companies coming to Africa is promising for African companies who will be able to access their cloud services (AWS & Microsoft Azure) are lower prices. Pick n Pay and Absa already announced that they will be utilising Amazon’s cloud service once it becomes available. Another advantage that customers stand to benefit from is the lower latency as African businesses utilising these data centres within Africa will have their data travelling much shorter distances than before.