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the average size of African Data Centre facility has increased from 563 m2 (2012) up to 725 m2 (2014)

TCL (Tariff Consultancy Ltd), the specialists in Data Centre pricing, has now published a revised edition of its Data Centre Africa report, last published in 2012, with a significant increase in new space taking place in Nigeria & South Africa – with those two countries accounting for 60 per cent of total Data Centre space in Africa.

TCL forecasts that Data Centre space will amount to 107,000 square metres in Africa as of the beginning of 2015, and is forecast to grow by 7 per cent per annum over the 5 year period from 2015 to 2020.

It discovers that new Carrier Neutral Data Centre space is being created for the first time since 2012 – with new high specification facilities introduced in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria & Tunisia, with higher pricing and high density applications. It also finds that " the average size of African Data Centre facility has increased from 563 m2 (2012) up to 725 m2 (2014) ", but the average size remains smaller than in Europe or in N. America.

TCL also finds that the new high quality facility space is creating higher average rack space pricing –with average pricing now costing USD $748 per rack per month across the African continent, as of the beginning of 2015.

Selected Data Centre providers in Africa are offering multiple facilities across different countries, including Internet Solutions (IS), MTN, Telkom and Vodacom. Providers such as IS and Telkom are expanding their geographical Data Centre coverage in Africa through acquisition, with Telkom in the process of acquiring ICT provider BCX which has its own Data Centre footprint.

But Carrier Based Data Centre facilities – owned by a Telecoms Provider – still accounts for almost half of all raised floor space in Africa, but space for the Carrier Neutral Data Centre segment is now increasing quickly from a relatively low base.

Average standard rack space pricing varies extensively according to facility type, with shared older colocation facilities typically having a lower monthly rate than for new high specification Data Centre space.

TCL finds that Africa average rack space pricing can range from USD $663 per rack per month (Ghana) up to USD $885 per rack per month (Tunisia). But within each Country Market there is also a wide range of pricing, with rack space pricing ranging from as low as USD $500 per month up to USD $1,100 per month.

Lower rack space pricing is typically now available in markets like South Africa, where there are now multiple Data Centre providers and facilities present, offering different tiers of service, power and services which can be adapted to specific customer needs.

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About the Data Centre Africa report, – The TCL report is based on a unique survey of 137 Data Centre facilities from 65 Data Centre providers in nine of the largest Country Markets in Africa (including Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia & Uganda) and provides average rack pricing per market & Data Centre capacity in square metres. The report also provides a 5 year forecast from the beginning of 2015 to the beginning of 2020 for capacity and revenues. The TCL Data Centre Africa – 2015 – Data Centre pricing from 2015 to 2020 costs GBP 1,595 for a single user licence.

About Tariff Consultancy Ltd (TCL) – TCL is a London-based international research & consultancy organisation which specializes in the research and analysis of Telecoms Pricing for fixed & mobile Telecoms Providers & Data Centre providers worldwide. TCL has established a Data Centre Pricing practice which publishes reports on Data Centre pricing and provides the Quarterly updated TCL Data Centre Tariff Tracker which covers 14 European Countries. Further information on TCL’s Data Centre practice can be found on the Data Centre portal at:, and the Telecoms Practice provides details on its website.

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