The Financial Times explores Africa’s digital infrastructure – the opportunities, the current ‘gold rush’, and the attention from global technology giants.
Key insights include:
– “Africa’s internet capacity is indeed exploding — becoming faster, denser and more local, which has profound implications for the continent’s economies.”
– “Less than 1 per cent of the world’s data centre capacity is in Africa, at about 200MW as of last year, according to Xalam Analytics. But the demand is already much more.”
– “… average African mobile data traffic will more than quadruple to just over 7 gigabytes per month per subscriber. By 2025, nearly 30m 5G connections in Africa are forecast… a dramatic increase from last year when there were barely any on the continent.”