Doing Business in Africa
The changing landscape of Data Centres on the African Continent can mean serious commitment. What can you expect when trying to do business in Africa? This track covers the strategic challenges around doing business in Africa, as well as the reality of building and operating data centres in an African climate.
One of sub-Saharan Africa’s top developmental challenges continues to be the shortage of physical infrastructure. Economic activity, improved efficiency and increased competitiveness are hampered by inadequate transport, communication (ICT), water and power infrastructure.
Across the continent, the availability and quality of telecommunications services has gone up and the cost has come down. In just 10 years between 1999 and 2009, mobile network coverage rose from 16 percent to 90 percent of urban populations, and rural coverage stood at just under 50 percent of the population. Institutional reform has driven this radical change in telecommunications. Markets have been liberalised, and regulatory bodies have been established. The resulting increase in competition has spurred investment and dramatic reductions in prices.
This presentation explores some of the obstacles that still exist preventing the proliferation of high tech telecommunications infrastructure.
MICHELE MCCANN – HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: TERACO DATA ENVIRONMENTS (PTY)LTD.