Morocco assumes rank in top five data center markets in Africa and leads in renewable energy

London, 23rd July 2018 – New research from BroadGroup suggests that Morocco has joined the four African top data center markets – together with South Africa, Kenya, Egypt and Nigeria - measured by capacity and power availability.

The new report – Data Centers Africa II – published this August has now been extended and covers 21 countries.

Cloud expansion, mobile data and increased international and domestic bandwidth are collectively driving growth of data centers across Africa. Outside of the top five markets, the report does not forecast more than incremental growth occurring through the next year.

Research for the report suggested that expansion plans project an increase in m2 of around 28% by the end of 2019. Although power availability is increasing slowly - and with several large scale renewable energy projects in progress – the bulk of power supply resides in South Africa, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco which also represent the bulk of forecast growth of 24% across the same period.

The report also notes the roll out of domestic fiber and FTTH across a number of cities in nine of the 21 countries covered supporting Triple Play services and high-speed broadband for homes and businesses and ready to leverage the future opportunities provided by 5G.

A small number of Pan African players – MTN is among the largest with 48 colocation sites and data center facilities across Africa - have added new modular facilities for mobile switching and to provide colocation space for mobile service providers.

Investment continues to sustain development often with government or Chinese investment funding, particularly in Tanzania, Rwanda and Zambia. Data centers are being included as a part of national infrastructure renewal projects. In addition entrepreneurial projects such as West Africa Data Centres Ltd and its planned expansion to other markets is evidence of new investment being made.

Morocco also leads in Africa by already achieving 32% in renewable solar energy resources and has an ambitious plan to increase this level to 42% by the end of 2020 and 52% by 2030.  South Africa has recently unlocked development plans with USD4.7b investment funds for solar and wind projects which will yield an estimated 2000MW.

“Our last report revealed the long term potential of investment in Africa and although yet even more is needed, developments in renewable energy are certainly encouraging,” commented Philip Low of BroadGroup, the report researchers. “Fiber infrastructure and networks are going to be critical given the massive increase in international bandwidth taking place, as is enterprise outsourcing and increased peering. We believe that Edge could emerge surprisingly quickly in some of the larger cities.”

BroadGroup will be hosting Datacloud Africa ( in Marrakech September 28h where too the new Africa Data Center Association (ADCA) will be launched.


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Datacloud Africa Congress

The inaugural of the premier networking and deal making event for Africa datacenter, cloud IaaS and Edge leaders, their customers, investors and senior executives. Launching in Marrakech September 28th, the event brings both sponsors and attendees a big range of benefits, structured networking and the opportunity for business deals.