All the talk about the 4th Industrial Revolution, Afrika’s digital economy, startups, and innovation, will remain just talk unless the building blocks of terrestrial fiber and data centers on the continent are in place.
There is no denying that over the past decade, and ever since the year 2000, Afrika, in general, has progressed as far as digital technology is concerned. No more is the continent merely a consumer of technology but it has increasingly produced its own technology solutions and in some cases become the trendsetter.
Having said that, there is still quite a bit that needs to be done. Especially in the areas of internet connectivity and more importantly, in-country data center infrastructure.
Thus far, the COVID-19 pandemic has done more for digital growth and digital transformation in Afrika than over a decade of planning and investment. We've experienced increasing demand for internet services. However, more still needs to be done especially given that Afrika has a mostly young population that is hungry for faster and cheaper internet access, and so too the businesses.
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