South Africa

With a population of over 54.96 million, South Africa is the #22 globally ranked country on Cloudscene based on data center density. A GDP of US $315 billion, the country’s top service providers include Internet Solutions, Broadband Infraco and MTN. South Africa has 52 internet users per 100 and the connectivity ecosystem is made up of 63 colocation data centers, 340 cloud service providers and 6 network fabrics.

South Africa Overview

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Market Overview

South Africa, located at the southern most end of Africa, is a multiethnic country and unitary parliamentary constitutional republic. South Africa has a population of over 54.96 million and 54.96 million and an internet literacy rate of 52% (28.58 million million internet users).

Data Center & Telecommunications Economy

The total GDP of the South Africa is over US $315 billion and with a contribution of 6% from the digital economy, South Africa’s data center industry is thriving. Besides South Africa’s data centers, the digital economy includes 4.13 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 85.19 million mobile telephone subscriptions.

Data Center Markets

South Africa contains several data center clusters throughout the country providing plenty of colocation opportunities. The primary colocation data center markets in South Africa are:

There are several submarine cables interconnecting South Africa to Asia and Europe. There are 63 South African data centers, the majority of these colocation facilities are located in and around Cape Town and Johannesburg. Large carrier neutral South African data centers feature rich ecosystems and state of the art equipment, ensuring maximum uptime and connectivity to over 340 service providers.

South African Rankings

Cloudscene compares and ranks data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics in a given market by a range of different qualities including ecosystem size and network size.

Richest Data Center Ecosystems

The top five colocation facilities in South Africa are:

  1. JB1 - East & West
  2. CT1
  3. DB1
  4. Internet Solutions - Parklands
  5. Internet Solutions - Bree Street

Top Data Center Operators

The top five data center operators in South Africa are:

  1. Business Connexion
  2. Internet Solutions
  3. CenterServ
  4. Technology Corporate Management
  5. Teraco Data Environments

Top Service Providers

The top five cloud service providers in South Africa are:

  1. Internet Solutions
  2. Broadband Infraco
  3. MTN
  4. Liquid Telecom
  5. EOH Network Solutions

Energy Distribution

Energy is a significant issue for data centers and South Africa has good coverage of the energy sector. South Africa is energized by 5.2% renewable or green sources, with the remaining provided by fossil/nuclear fuels. This gives South African colocation facilities significant opportunities to take advantage of green energy. In addition to green energy, data center consumers enjoy a range of PUE scores between 1.30 and 1.67. The average PUE for South African data centers is 1.49. South African colocation facilities provide over 64.40 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 1.00 kW to 2.00 kW.

Natural Disasters

South Africa has an above average risk factor of 5.58% according to the World Risk Report. South Africa is experiences a range of different natural disasters. The primary concerns are flooding, earthquakes and wildfires.

Service Providers

South Africa’s communications industry is regulated by ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa). Major players in the carrier space include:

  • MTN
  • Vodacom
  • Telkom
  • Maroc Telecom

While the top three service providers are:

There are numerous smaller providers as well.

Cloudscene South African Facts

  • Total number of South African data centers: 63
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 340
  • Total number of network fabrics: 6
  • Latest South African data center added: JB2
  • Latest South African data centers service provider: Teraco Data Environments
  • Number of certified colocation facilities in South Africa: 9

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