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April 5, 2017updated 27 Jan 2022 2:31pm

Data centres in Africa are surprisingly expensive

By GlobalData Technology

Telecoms companies in sub-Saharan Africa have traditionally focused on voice and data connectivity but are increasingly expanding to offer wider IT services.

This means data centres.

However, high prices have proven to be a pretty big barrier for many potential customers. Monthly rental prices per rack in Kenya are around $2,000, almost twice as high as the US and UK.

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However, providers are coming up with ways to entice clients, offering things like access to a reliable power supply, a feature that is particularly important in a region plagued by unreliable national electricity grids.