Africa Data Centres plans facility in Accra, Ghana

May 23, 2023
The data center, which the company asserts will be the largest in West Africa outside of Nigeria, will offer an initial 10 MW, expandable to 30 MW as demand warrants.

Africa Data Centres has revealed plans to build a new data center facility in the Central Business District of Accra, Ghana. The data center, which the company asserts will be the largest in West Africa outside of Nigeria, will offer an initial 10 MW, expandable to 30 MW as demand warrants.

The initiative will fall under the umbrella of the Ghana Trade Fair Redevelopment Project at La in Accra. Africa Data Centers expects the first construction phase to finish within 12 months. The expansion into Ghana is part of a larger effort by the company to establish a presence in 10 major economic hubs in Africa, including South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Angola. U.S. government’s U.S. International Development Finance Corp. (DFC) is providing partial funding for this expansion initiative.

"Our new data center in Ghana is a significant step towards Africa Data Centres' goal of narrowing the digital divide in the West Africa region,” commented Tesh Durvasula, CEO of Africa Data Centres. “Hyperscale data centers, preferred by major U.S. tech companies, multinational corporations, banks, and other local enterprises, are the speciality of Africa Data Centres. Additionally, our data centers are supported with independent solar and battery storage power, enabling us to bring digital technologies whilst mitigating our environmental impact.”

“The establishment of Africa Data Centre’s new 10-MW data center, in the heart of Accra, is a significant step towards bridging the infrastructure gap, and developing further our digital economy,” added Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana. “This investment and the government’s drive at digitizing all sectors of the economy will enable us increase our capacity to access digital services and help even more to attract foreign direct investment into our economy.”

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Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

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