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Expereo Plan Pan-African Expansion

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Managed data network solutions specialist Expereo is planning a major infrastructure expansion in Africa by opening a number of Cloud Acceleration Hubs.

The company, which already serves thousands of enterprise customers around the world with data networking services and which is owned by the Carlyle Group, has already opened a hub in Johannesburg, South Africa, and plans further hubs across the continent through the course of this year.

The new hubs will enable Expereo to connect more customers with optimised Internet connectivity to deliver services such as SD-WAN, IPSec and Cloud/SaaS acceleration via its XCA and XCA Edge platforms.

"Across Africa, we see enormous opportunity for the cloud to accelerate innovation, allow governments to provide better services, and drive economic growth for both African-based businesses and global corporates operating on the continent," stated Irwin Fouwels, Expereo's CEO. "Across Africa, we see enormous opportunity for the cloud to accelerate innovation, allow governments to provide better services, and drive economic growth for both African-based businesses and global corporates operating on the continent. To succeed, they need guaranteed performance and reliability from their Internet. That’s why we are expanding our reach with these strategically located African hubs, providing our customers with the best options for cloud connectivity on a truly global scale."

The company notes that, traditionally, African Internet traffic was dominated by 'northbound' traffic, "with data routed primarily via Europe due to the structure of the global cable systems, before arriving at its destination." But Expereo expects this trend to reverse, with 'southbound' traffic increasing as "the economies of African countries continue to grow, thus creating more cloud demand and SaaS adoption."

Other companies have already identified Africa as a growing region for cloud services and have begun investing in additional data center facilities. For more, see:

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