Upcoming Webinars

It’s been stated that the African data centres market will grow to $5billion by 2026 – making 2024 a significant year. The past decade has seen exponential growth across the continent, showcasing Africa as a hotspot for international companies looking to expand their portfolios. Now more than ever investment is growing, and so is the data centre footprint across the continent of Africa. New centres are popping up in Morocco, Nigeria, Mozambique, DRC, Tanzania all ready to serve the growing demand to connect this vast continent.

On 28th February join an esteemed panel as they talk through current trends, investment opportunities and growth rates for the African data centres market.

Register today to find out:

  • Why 2024 is ‘the year’ for data centre growth
  • How investors are harnessing opportunities in new geographical locations
  • The drivers for future data centres and how they can accommodate demand and growth
  • The impact of inflation, currencies and the economic climate on new investments
  • How Africa is maturing as a data centre hub
  • What the next decade has in store for the African data centres market

The first webinar in the 2024 Pan African DataCentres series promises to deliver insightful knowledge whilst allowing you to put your questions to our expert panel.

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Speakers

Mark Acton

Independent Consultant

Acton Consulting

Mahmoud Bennani

Senior Investment Associate

Africa50 Infrastructure Acceleration

Paul-Francois Cattier

Managing Director

Africa Data Centres Association (ADCA)

Dr Ayotunde Coker

Chairman, Africa Data Centres Association (ADCA) & CEO

Open Access Data Centres

Guy Zibi

Founder/Managing Partner

Xalam Analytics

Past Webinars

Speakers

Mark Acton

Head of Technical Due Diligence

Future-tech SCi Limited

Paul-Francois Cattier

Managing Director

Africa Data Centres Association (ADCA)

Dr Ayotunde Coker

Chairman, Africa Data Centres Association (ADCA) & CEO

Open Access Data Centres

What will be discussed?

Stepex is delighted to announce, in conjunction with the African Data Centres Association (ADCA), a brand new webinar on 15 March – The African Data Centres Market 2023 – Status, Trends and Potential.

In anticipation of the Pan African DataCentres Exhibition on 27-28 June in Johannesburg, this first of its kind webinar will be looking to set the African Data Centre scene and showcase a number of key topics that the event is set to address.

Register today and you will;

  • Hear first-hand from Dr. Ayotunde Coker Chairman ADCA as he shares key trends across Africa along with growth opportunities for the Data Centres market
  • Understand from Paul-Francois Cattier, MD ADCA what the ADCA’s 2023 agenda is set to focus on
  • Discuss how the ADCA are strengthening their global profile and looking beyond Africa
  • Learn why Africa is an attractive location for international Data Centre companies
  • Consider how talent development is significant in the growth of the African Data Centres industry

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Speakers

Juanita Clark

CEO

Digital Council Africa

Mike Last

C.M.O. and V.P. International Business Development

WIOCC

Emmanuel Makina

Sales Manager

PAIX Data Centres

Niraj Shah

Sales and Business Development Director

IX Africa

What will be discussed?

With investment in Data Centres ramping up across Africa the need for better connectivity has never been more important. With such a vast geographical region to grapple with, now is the time for organisations to collaborate, invest and find new solutions to ensure that Africa’s connectivity offering is world-class.

In our second webinar instalment, on 5 April, leading up to the Pan African DataCentres 2023 exhibition and conference, we are set to explore the current connectivity status across Africa, whilst understanding the true potential that is on offer,

Register today and you will;

  • Hear updates on current cabling and connectivity projects across the continent
  • Understand the benefits of carrier-neutral and vendor networks
  • What this means for Data Centre development and Site Selection
  • Potential bottlenecks and accessing the Interior
  • Discuss the true challenges of connecting the whole of Africa and how to overcome them

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Speakers

Heath Andersen

Data Centre Consultant

Henning Rasmuss

MD

Datascape Africa

Stephen Rose

Director Industry, Energy & Asset Management

Royal HaskoningDHV

Neels Van Niekerk

Executive Director

EQUATE

What will be discussed?

Traditionally, site selection and data centre design were two very separate elements of your data centre project. Firstly, you would choose the location based on factors such as connectivity, power supply and access. Then you would form a design team and design your data centre to your specifications. However, more and more we are seeing that by joining these two pillars you can underpin the success of your project.

In our third webinar instalment of the Pan African DataCentres series, on 4th May, we will be exploring how site selection and data centre design are approached in Africa. You will hear first-hand from an expert panel all of whom are involved in the site selection and design processes what companies should be doing to ensure significant ROI and minimal future spend.

Register today to:

  • Identify the unique challenges facing Africa from a site selection and design perspective – altitude, humidity and temperature
  • Educate yourself on land ownership and what that may mean for future projects                         
  • Understand your customer’s, and their customers’ needs, so you can translate them into the design phase
  • Consider a ‘fit for purpose’ approach – be sure you are building appropriately so to keep future costs down
  • Discuss the role of sustainability in future designs and hear lessons from Europe

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Speakers

Ed Ansett

Chairman and Co-Founder

i3 Solutions Group Ltd

David McAuley

Founder and CEO

Bitpower

Menno Parsons

Managing Director

Master Power Technologies

Data Centres need to operate 24/7, 365 days a year, FACT. Yet, across the African continent, particularly in South Africa, the reality is that growing pressure being placed on the grid is leading to rolling blackouts and causing pressure on data centres to operate efficiently.

On 25th May join us for the 4th and final installment of the Pan African DataCentres webinar series. This unique webinar is set to explore the innovation within demand response capabilities, whilst also addressing ways to strengthen future grid flexibility.

Register today and you will;

  • Learn what technologies are available to deliver efficient back-up power operations to data centres
  • Hear first-hand the challenges of rolling black-outs in countries such as South Africa, and the impact they can have on data centre operations
  • Discuss why the use of diesel generators and turbines needs to be phased out
  • Listen to an exploration of the alternatives to Diesel generators and turbines and why this needs to happen.
  • Understand the pro’s & Cons of microgrids? And why they can provide a viable solution to manage power consumption
  • Realise the potential of energy storage in a data centre context and how it can be integrated to existing operations
  • How can Data Centres assist stabilize the Grid and facilitate the adoption of Green Energy
  • Have the chance to put your questions to a panel of experts

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