Africa Data Industry set to outdoor new Association at Datacloud Summit

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Africa’s fastest growing data industry is expected to witness the birth of a new industry group called the Association of Africa Data Centre (ADCA) at the upcoming Datacloud Africa Summit.

The newly formed industry association which will officially be launched  in Marrakech, Morocco come the 28th of September this year will focus on investing, powering, connecting, and deploying data centers across the continent.

BroadGroup, organizers and producers of Datacloud Africa Summit, are of the view that as the digital economy is all about data, Africa will need to develop its own Data Center Network to ensure Data sovereignty, bandwidth and latency time, and bring back the IT Load across the continent.

“The Data Center Industry will be one of the pillars of future African economic development and several companies have already decided to join forces to create a Pan-African professional and sustainable association for the Data center industry providing a collective voice on the market to organize interactions with African Governments on regulation and policies,” it said.

Biztechafrica can confirm that companies including Groupement Orange Services, ITA, NSIA Technologies, MTN, PAIX Datacenter, Rack Centre and Schneider Electric are members of the new Africa Data Center Association (ADCA).

According to official statement the upcoming association, a non-profit organization, will also allow existing and future members, to benefit of a platform to contribute to the establishment of best practices, education, industry leadership and technical standards to which the data center industry adheres. It will foster the development of the Data Center Industry in Africa and create a strong industry body on the continent as well as internationally.

The statement mentioned that membership of the Association will be open to both operating companies in Africa, as well as those engaged in the data center sector internationally. Contact information about joining the association can be found at http://africadatacenters.org.

The Vice-Président Economic Development, Africa & Middle East, Off Grid energy, Water Grid, Data center, Multi Lateral Organisations, Schneider Electric, Paul-François Cattier, commenting on the formation of the new group noted how Africa data centers confront a series of challenges not least in deploying and powering new facilities

“The new association to be launched during Datacloud Africa and will provide the first organizational body for African operators, a valuable resource supporting industry best practice, an outstanding networking platform for the exchange of information and ideas.”

Wouter van Hulten, CEO and founder, PAIX Data Centres also expressed his excitement about developments in the growth of data centre businesses in Africa.

“The formation of the ADCA is an important step for an industry that plays an important role in the digital transformation of Africa’s economy, enabling economic expansion. We are thrilled to be contributing to the growth of computing and networking on the continent, building and operating hubs at the heart of Africa’s digital economy with our local teams complemented by our European experts,” he stated.

“We warmly welcome new and prospective members of the Association to Datacloud Africa,” said Philip Low, chairman of BroadGroup, the organizers and producers of the event. “The Summit is taking place at an important moment in the evolution of the data center industry in Africa, and we are delighted to host the new Association at the event.”

Datacloud Africa is the premier networking and deal making event for data center, cloud IaaS and Edge leaders, their customers, investors and senior executives. In this inaugural the event aims to provide a range of benefits, structured networking and the opportunity for business deals.

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