First Google Cloud Region in Africa

Google, on Wednesday 5, October 2022 declares its intent to establish a Google Cloud region in South Africa. This will be the first in the continent.

Important stats:
  • Google operates a global network of 35 Google Cloud Regions & 106 zones spread across 200+ countries
  • Google has committed since last year, to invest $1B over the next 5 years in Africa’s digital transformation.
  • Africa’s internet economy has the capability to grow the continent’s GDP by 5.2% over the next 5 years.
Projections:
  • The South Africa cloud region will contribute more than a cumulative USD 2.1 billion to the country‚Äôs GDP
  • The cloud region will support the creation of more than 40,000 jobs by 2030.
A few more details

South Africa joins the 35 Google Cloud Regions & 106 zones earlier mentioned.
Google is building dedicated interconnect sites in 3 major countries in Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.

Hear it from a Google rep:
“Along with the cloud region, we are expanding our network through the Equiano subsea cable and building Dedicated Cloud Interconnect sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lagos, and Nairobi. In doing so, we are building full-scale Cloud capability for Africa.”Niral Patel, Director, Google Cloud, Africa.

Google for Africa brand identity

You can learn more about Google’s commitment to invest in Africa’s initiatives and support startups, all geared towards digital transformation in the continent, in the video below, and in the referenced links, and how you can take advantage of these opportunities.

Watch the video announcement below
Google reveals intent to set a cloud region in South Africa
Why is the cloud region important?
  • The cloud region will bring Google cloud services closer to local users
  • Faster and more reliable internet experience in the region
  • Enable users to innovate and deliver a better brand experience to customers
  • Thousands of job opportunities
  • Overall business growth and a significant increase in the region’s GDP as we earlier mentioned
References

Delivering on our $1B commitment in Africa
Google cloud locations

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