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Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 5: Harnessing the power of data centers

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In the race towards Africa's digital transformation, data centers are emerging as an essential catalyst to propel Africa's technological advancement.

On this episode of the Cassava Tech Talks podcast, Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert is joined by Tesh Durvasula, CEO of Africa Data Centres, and Dan Thompson, principal research analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence, to discuss the critical aspects of power usage, data residency regulations, hyperscale demand and country site selection.

Here are a few topics we covered:

  • Why data centers are so important for Africa's technological advancement (1:30)
  • What is driving the expansion of data centers and how hyperscalers are scaling up (2:45)
  • What data sovereignty means, why it's important and how regulation is evolving (4:15)
  • The advantages that hyperscalers bring to Africa (7:10)
  • How capital inflows are helping scale up the African data center market and how much capital is needed (11:15)
  • How many data centers Africa has compared to Europe and the US and how many more are needed to digitally include the growing population (14:00)
  • How data center operators are focusing on sustainability to address energy and water challenges (15:45)
  • The importance of country site selection to ensure optimal connectivity and accessibility. (21:00)
  • How Africa could learn from mistakes made in other regions; and success stories to replicate (23:20)
  • How data center operators are collaborating with governments to shape policies that support Africa's digital ambitions while also ensuring responsible data management practices (27:00)
  • How regulation needs to change to better empower local businesses and entrepreneurs using the cloud (29:00)
  • Looking ahead: how data centers will evolve in Africa and where the opportunities lie (31:55)

    The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts; Spotify; Google Podcasts or find other podcast platform options on our main page on Spotify for Podcasters.

    This podcast is sponsored by Cassava Technologies.

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    — Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

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