BringCom, a Pan-African connectivity provider, has partnered with international science and technology investor, Imprimatur Capital, and European edge cloud software company, GIG Technology, have officially launched afriQloud, a product that will provide the African tech industry with cloud autonomy.
Launched in Uganda, afriQloud will provide local and foreign customers with an innovative and secure distributed edge cloud service.
Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.
The firms stated that the services offered will be provided at internationally competitive rates.
“We see significant potential in the growing African cloud market where an estimated $2 billion is being spent in cloud this year,” Hans van Linschoten, Founding Partner of Imprimatur Capital Africa and CEO of afriQloud explained.
“By the end of 2019 we will complement the few developed markets clouds with a powerful and local distributed cloud in at least 15 countries. This ensures data sovereignty for institutions and governments within Africa’s shores,” he continued.
Most of Africa’s content on the internet is currently hosted on servers outside the continent. Implementation of edge cloud computing services in Africa has been adversely affected by lack of reliable and secure connectivity from various service providers.
The cost of setting up ICT infrastructure with improved data latency and minimized downtime has also contributed to the slow adoption of cloud solution across the continent.
”Although cloud adoption is predominantly private, the African markets are generating a growth of 30% in public cloud sales. Few other ICT market segments in the African tech ecosystem have the potential of adding an incremental $2 billion in top line revenue over the next 5 years,” Mark Simmonds, Chairman of GIG Technology said.
“Opening up of the global market will require African companies and organizations to be equally competitive in deployment of e-solutions, scalability, secure data accessibility and connectivity in line with international standards,” added Fabrice Langreney, CEO of BringCom.
afriCloud aims to have the service installed in cities and tech hub ecosystems which hosts a high number of startups and developers. Now present and operational in Uganda, afriQloud will be spreading its services further into the different regions of Africa this year.
“We have hit the ground and we intend to keep up the pace. This service in Africa is long overdue,” said Hans van Linschoten.
In a few months, the group plans to expand its service in East Africa, particularly Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia.