The Africa Data Centre (ADC) has launched a 10MW data centre in Lagos tagged as LOS1, to deploy digitization solutions to West Africa.

Africa Data Centres is part of the Cassava Technologies group of companies; a leading communications solutions provider across 13 African countries primarily in Eastern, Southern and South Africa where it serves mobile operators, carriers, enterprise, media and content companies and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity, hosting and colocation and digital services.

ADC has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, stretching more than 73,000km. The Lagos centre will serve as the hub for the African Data Centres in West Africa.

The Nigerian data centre will form Africa Data Centres’ West African hub. As interconnection remains a priority, the company will be adding it to its network of data centres, which at present includes Johannesburg, Nairobi, Cape Town, Harare, and Kigali.

Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres, "we built this facility in response to the massive demand from hyperscalers, key cloud operators and multi-national enterprises that already use our facilities and have expressed interest in being a part of bringing digitization at scale to West Africa".

Duproz also revealed that the new facility is the first of four faculties being earmarked for Nigeria, adding that the company has plans to also build an additional facility in Lagos at a separate location to ensure full disaster backup, other facilities will also be built in Abuja, and Port Harcourt.

A 2021 report from African Data Centres Association (ADCA) and Xalam Analytics said that the continent needs 1000MW & 700 data center facilities in order to meet demand and bring the rest of Africa up the same density as South Africa.

However, Africa’s power, land, and water requirements for data center facilities at any meaningful scale would be difficult to achieve without more involved government action at national, regional, and local levels.