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Most industry watchers would not think of Africa as a region of potentially large cloud services opportunities. None of the global cloud service providers (AWS, Azure, Google, and SoftLayer) has a data center in Africa, and all of them service their African customers from Europe.


  • Vodacom in particular has built up its SAP practice, helping large African MNCs move related SAP workloads into the cloud, and has become the center of excellence globally for its parent company, Vodafone.
  • With eight cloud-enabled data centers on the continent, Vodafone, through its operating companies, partners, and affiliates, is the only service provider with a significant regional presence in Africa. It has customers leveraging its assets across the continent.
  • Vodafone also has strong network presence in Africa, which has helped mitigate some of the network latency challenges.

Features and Benefits

  • Discusses the steps and factors needed to be successful in cloud services in Africa.
  • Evaluates Vodacom's success in cloud services in Africa.

Key questions answered

  • What are the drivers of cloud services in Africa?
  • What are the factors holding back cloud services in Africa that service providers should be aware of?

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  • Summary
  • Vodafone leads in Africa
  • The cloud challenge and opportunity in Africa
  • Risk without reward for new entries into Africa


  • Further reading
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