Africa, The Next Digital Frontier: Digital infrastructure as a Key Enabler for Growth

Africa: The Next Digital Frontier-Rack Centre, PwC Chart the Way Forward in a Webinar Series

LAGOS, NIGERIA, 01 September 2021 – Rack Centre, West Africa’s largest Carrier Neutral Tier III Data Centre, in collaboration with the leading professional services firm PwC, will, on 16 September 2021, explore how Africa can leverage the digital revolution as it runs the second in the series of its webinars on ‘Africa: The Next Digital Frontier’ with focus on digital infrastructure as a key enabler for growth.

With Africa accelerating towards an inevitable digital future, it will only realise the opportunities for growth and developments across macroeconomic levers through deliberate investments in digital infrastructure that is connected in the future.

World Bank Insights note that digital innovation is creating unprecedented opportunities for Africa to grow its economy, create jobs and transform people’s lives, offering a chance to unlock new pathways for rapid economic growth, innovation, and access to services that would have been unimaginable only a decade ago.  The webinar is timely and will drive critically digital innovation conversations.

Mr Andile Ngcaba, the Chairman and Founder of Convergence Partners, a globally respected investment management firm focused on Technology, Media, and the Telecoms sector in Africa, is the keynote speaker and will give a pan Africa overview.

As in the previous series, the webinar is attracting technology and business leaders as speakers, including Mr Lanre Kolade, the Group CEO of CSquared, an African centred technology company that provides broadband-enabling infrastructure throughout Africa;  Mr Norman Albi, CEO of AFR-IX telecom, a global Internet Service Provider; Susan Mulikita, Chief Regulatory Officer of  Bandwidth & Cloud Services Group (BCS), Dr Ayotunde Coker, CEO of Rack Centre and Femi Osinubi, who is Partner and West Africa Technology Leader for PwC Nigeria with the seminar moderated by Elmo Hildebrand PwC South Africa Partner & ​​ Africa Technology, Media & Telecommunications  Leader.

Dr Ayotunde Coker, Chief Executive Officer, Rack Centre, said the forthcoming webinar would build on the success recorded in the previous one.  The population in African is predominantly youth, and technologically savvy, so planning has to consider this strategic demography dividend. Besides, the rate of Internet penetration is expanding among the general populace, digital startups are springing up, so there is a growing need to develop and position digital Infrastructure, sharpen skills, and nurture entrepreneurship in the digital space.

“Rack Centre and PwC considering our leading roles in our areas of specialisation, believe we can broaden the conversation and chart a course forward as Africa takes its rightful place in the development of digital Infrastructure. ”

Femi Osinubi, Partner and West Africa Technology Leader for PwC Nigeria stated that  “Technology and digitisation is a major part of PwC’s new strategy known as The New Equation.  Through the disruption of the past 12 months, organisations have had to transform their digital capabilities – from getting their people to work remotely to moving sales and services online. This means that organisations must continue to embed the changes made and progress the transformations.  Infrastructure therefore, will play a major role in this evolution.

Our collaboration with Rack Centre provides a platform to discuss these changes and the implications for business and society ultimately leading to sustainable outcomes – a key component of PwC’s New Equation.  ​The New Equation is about a future that is human-led and tech-powered. It’s about how human ingenuity combines with technology innovation and experience to deliver faster, more intelligent and better outcomes while building trust and ensuring quality across the value chain. “

Registration is free: https://rack-centre.com/interconnect-days.

 

About Rack Centre

Founded in 2012, Rack Centre is the only carrier neutral Tier III Constructed Facility Certified data centre in Africa and focuses solely on providing best in class data centre colocation services and unrestricted interconnect between carriers and customers.  This gives customers a technically superior, physically more secure and lower cost environment for their information systems.

Rack Centre’s carrier neutrality allows customers to manage traffic to get better value, lower latency and higher resilience, and creates an open market for partnerships between customers, networks, cloud and content providers, the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria and managed service providers.

Rack Centre clients include 40 telecommunication carriers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), global Tier 1 networks and pan Africa international carriers, including direct connection to all 5 undersea cables serving the South Atlantic Coast of Africa and every country on the Atlantic coast of Africa.

 

For more information on Rack Centre:

Ejieke Ezeadiugwu

T : +234 809 038 1304

E : ejieke.ezeadiugwu@rack-centre.com

www.rack-centre.com

 

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