News Update - Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue No 1066 on 10 December 2021

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Fourth African investment wave in digital infrastructure tops US$2 billion – the changing shape of digital transformation

10 December 2021

This week’s news of Equinix’s purchase of MainOne tops off one of the busiest 12 months for investment in data centres. Russell Southwood looks at what this new investment means and how it will change what Africans can do. In broad terms, there have been four waves of investment in African communications. The first wave was in mobile networks: it remains the largest and there is continuous investment by operators every year. 4G and 5G continue to power further investment. The second wave of investment went into international, national and local fibre networks. Again investment continues and is quite similar…