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The cloud over Africa

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- Enablers
- Challenges
- Trends

- Internet Access, Affordability And Use

Author(s): Alison Gillwald , Mpho Moyo, Lishan Adam, Fola Odufuywa, Godfred Frempong ,and Farouk Kamoun

Enablers:Cloud computing has the potential to open up African companies to unchartered offshore markets, thus contributing to economic development and competitiveness, and for African businesses to aggregate international cloud services to meet local needs.significant growth in international bandwidth capacity and decline in costs through the landing of a number of international submarine cables Challenges: Broadband infrastructure development in Africa is uneven.fibre backbone infrastructure remains inadequate, as does last-mile connectivity. concerns around security, privacy and surveillance, particularly amongst highly regulated and risk-averse sectors, such as financial services. Trends: Cloud computing in the selected African markets is in its early growth stages, although there is relatively higher cloud activity within South Africa, with demand arising from the private sector and a number of South Africanbased companies


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