Mobile network coverage levels vary significantly across the Sub Saharan region ranging from 55% in DRC, 38% in CAR, 87% in Nigeria and 91% in Senegal (2013, GSMA). Data usage is increasing, and as demonstrated by the above figures, there are still great opportunities for operators to increase subscriber numbers by reaching out to un-served and under-served communities.
IXPs in Kenya, the creation of a local IXP has enabled the localisation of over
1 gigabyte per second of peak traffic, dramatically reducing latency (from 200–600ms to 2–10ms on average), while saving ISPs almost US$1.5 million per year on international connectivity.
Fibre deployments are increasing across Africa. Africa’s Total Inventory of terrestrial transmission networks increased from 465,659km in 2009 to 958,901km in 2014. Over the same period, Africa’s international internet bandwidth increased by a factor of 20 and has passed the 2 Tbps mark (Hamilton Research).
The growth in ‘local Data Center’ demand in Africa is driven by multinationals, mainly in the financial, oil and gas, and telecommunications sectors, who need local presence to better serve their customers in country and support their regional expansion plans.