Vantage Data Centers has announced plans to expand into Africa.
The company announced this week that it has broken ground for a new 80 MW campus in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The first 16 MW development phase should be completed by summer 2022.
Located in Waterfall City in the midrand area of Johannesburg, the campus will consist of three facilities on 30 acres with 60,000 square feet of data center space once fully developed. Vantage said it will invest more than $ 1 billion in the website.
“Vantage has seen strong demand from our customers for high-quality, hyperscale data center facilities around the world, and we are excited to meet that demand by expanding into Africa’s largest market,” said Sureel Choksi, President and CEO of Vantage Data Centers . “With our global expansion over the past two and a half years, we have become one of the fastest growing hyperscale data center providers in the world.”
The move marks the company’s first foray into the African continent. The company has offices in North America and Europe and recently announced its expansion into APAC through the acquisition of Agile Data Centers and PCCW’s data center businesses.
“Johannesburg is the data center hub for sub-Saharan Africa because of its strategic location, IT ecosystem, fiber optic connection to the rest of Africa and the availability of renewable energies,” said Antoine Boniface, President of Vantage EMEA. “We look forward to not only opening the doors of our first African location to our customers, but also to becoming part of the local community.”
After a busy 2020, Vantage has expanded further this year. The company has started developing facilities in Berlin, Warsaw and Newport. It also bought land in Santa Clara, California, and applied to build two data centers in Dublin.