Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Carrier netural data centres gaining ground says TCL

Data Centre pricing specialists TCL (Tariff Consultancy Ltd) in a revised edition of its Data Centre Africa report, last published in 2012, has found new space being provided in Nigeria and South Africa means that these two account for 60 percent of total Data Centre space in Africa.

TCL forecasts that Data Centre space will amount to 107,000 square metres in Africa at the start of 2015, and is predicted to grow by 7 percent per annum over the 5 years to 2020.

New Carrier Neutral Data Centre space is being created for the first time since 2012 with new high specification facilities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Tunisia, with higher pricing and high-density applications. It also finds that the average size of African Data Centre facility has risen from 563 m2 in 2012 to 725 m2 in 2014, but the average size remains smaller than in Europe or in North 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 Africa, as of the start of 2015.

Providers such as IS and Telkom are expanding their geographical Data Centre coverage through acquisition, with Telkom in the process of acquiring ICT provider BCX which has its own Data Centre footprint.

Operator-owned Data Centres accounts for almost half of all raised floor space in Africa, but space for the Carrier Neutral Data Centre sector is now quickly increasing from a relatively low base.

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