Google announces new cable linking Africa and Australia

24 May 2024

Google has announced a new fibre optic route linking Africa and Australia to increase the reach and reliability of digital connectivity in Africa.

The infrastructure is called Umoja. The terrestrial part of the network is built in partnership with Liquid Intelligent Technologies. This will connect Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. From there, a submarine link will be established to reach Australia via the Indian Ocean.

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ADB funds new Congo data centre

23 May 2024

The African Development Bank will fund the construction of a data centre in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

The project will be supported by Euro52.47 million from the African Development Bank and Euro14.5 million from the government of the Republic of Congo, totalling Euro66.55 million. This project includes the installation of 600km of fibre optic cable on major interconnecting routes with Cameroon (341km) and the Central African Republic (281km) via the Congo River, and the construction of the data centre.

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Vantage Data Centers secures finance for Africa

23 May 2024

Vantage Data Centers has secured new financing to fund its expansion across Europe and Africa.

Ares Management's Infrastructure Debt and Alternative Credit strategies (Ares), CDPQ, and Schroders Capital's Private Debt and Credit Alternatives team recently announced that they have agreed to provide up to Euro50 million in financing to Vantage Data Centers to expand the company's EMEA platform. This investment will support the expansion of Vantage's hyperscale data centre platform across Europe and South Africa.

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Microsoft and G42 target Kenya with US$1 billion

23 May 2024

Microsoft and G42 have announced a comprehensive package of digital investments in Kenya, as part of an initiative with the Republic of Kenya’s Ministry of Information, Communications and the Digital Economy.

G42 will lead the arrangement of an initial investment of US$1 billion for various components outlined in a comprehensive package. 

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