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Data explosion: MainOne, others seek more investment

Nigeria’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) company, MainOne, alongside other experts have highlighted the need to accelerate investment in Africa to facilitate the continent’s broadband data explosion.

They made the call at the International Telecoms Week conference held in Chicago, where they beamed discussion around the theme: “Achieving A Connected Continent: Leading The Data Explosion Across Africa.”

The expert panel session with participation from Google, Facebook, WIOCC, Liquid Telecom and Angola Cables, according to a statement, discussed strategies for achieving improved broadband access across the continent.

The panelists’ assessment of data center growth in Africa indicated that uptake is not as rapid as experienced in other parts of the world and that most of the content consumed in Africa is hosted in Europe.

Specifically, data center operators, MainOne and Liquid shared their experience that initial demand on the continent has been driven by enterprises and financial institutions as against other geographies where over-the-top (OTT) players are the biggest data center players.

“We do not see any of these OTTs hosting their services from Africa. We are not seeing meaningful investments coming into Africa (from OTT players) and with the sizeable population of the continent, we need to see them play a larger role in the African ecosystem,” the panel concluded.

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