Pan-African connectivity provider, BringCom has partnered with science and technology investor, Imprimatur Capital, and European edge cloud software company, GIG Technology to launch afriQloud. afriQloud will provide, at internationally competitive rates, local and foreign customers with an innovative and secure distributed edge cloud service.
afriQloud has been launched in Uganda with plans to launch in 15 more African countries next year.
“We see significant potential in the growing African cloud market where an estimated $2 billion is being spent in cloud this year, and we’re excited to bring this service to the continent. By the end of 2019, we will complement the few developed markets clouds with a powerful and local distributed cloud in at least 15 countries. This ensures data sovereignty for institutions and governments within Africa’s shores.” Hans van Linschoten, founding partner of Imprimatur Capital Africa and CEO of afriQloud said.
Most of Africa’s content on the internet is currently hosted on servers outside the continent. Implementation of edge cloud computing services in Africa has been adversely affected by lack of reliable and secure connectivity from various service providers. The cost of setting up ICT infrastructure with improved data latency and minimized downtime has also contributed to the slow adoption of cloud solution across the continent.
”Although cloud adoption is predominantly private, the African markets are generating a growth of 30% in public cloud sales. Few other ICT market segments in the African tech ecosystem have the potential of adding an incremental $2 billion in top line revenue over the next 5 years.” Mark Simmonds, Chairman of GIG Technology said.
Fabrice Langreney, CEO of BringCom noted that “Opening up of the global market will require African companies and organizations to be equally competitive in the deployment of e-solutions, scalability, secure data accessibility and connectivity in line with international standards.”