Interview: Africa Data Centres CEO Stephane Duproz - TechCentral

Interview: Africa Data Centres CEO Stephane Duproz

Stephane Duproz

TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod is joined by Africa Data Centres CEO Stephane Duproz for a discussion on the company’s recent acquisition of Standard Bank’s Samrand data centre.

Duproz explains why the company bought the Gauteng facility, why he believes it’s one of the best data centres in the world and what it plans to do with it. He also talks about the company’s expansion ambitions on the continent, including facilities it plans to open in Nigeria and Ghana.

He provides details on the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on Africa Data Centres and why he believes it’s going to fuel even faster take-up of such facilities across Africa as companies begin to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives and look at ways of readying themselves for the next crisis.

Duproz also provides his views on the plans to build two new high-capacity submarine Internet cables around Africa — Google’s Equiano and the 2Africa cable backed by Facebook, Vodafone, MTN, Orange and others — and the impact this is going to have on the continent.

Lastly, he provides details about the news on Monday that Africa Data Centres has joined the Nvidia DGC-Ready data centre programme and what it means.

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