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    Schneider Electric and Industry Leader create the ADCA, the Africa Data Center Association, a Trade Association committed to boost the African Digital Economy

    19/07/2018

    • Africa Data Center Association aims to be the collective voice to organize interaction with African governments on regulation and policies
    • Will allow existing and future members to benefit of a platform providing best practices, education, industry leadership and technical standards.
    • Schneider Electric chairs the association until the election of a new board.
    • Other members include: Groupement Orange Services, ITA, NSIA Technologies, PAIX Data Centers, Rack Centre, and Poulina DataXion.
    Abidjan, Ivory Coast - July 19, 2018 - As the digital economy is all about data, Africa will need to develop their own data center network to ensure data sovereignty, bandwidth and latency time, and bring back the IT load across the continent.
    Schneider Electric, a technological leader in the Data Center space, is committed to help its customers and partners make a successful digital transformation in energy management and automation.
    As the Data Center Industry is one of the pillars of the African economic development, Schneider Electric, has formed together with several global and regional data center industry leaders, the ADCA, Africa Data Center Association, a non-profit, Pan-African professional association  with the foster development of the industry in Africa and create a strong industry body on the continent, and internationally.
     
    There is a huge growth in demand for energy and connectivity - in the Middle East and Africa alone, it will double by 2040 - 10 years faster than the rest of the world. The smartphone penetration, the digital services explosion, together with data sovereignty law, bandwidth and latency times, are triggering a brighter future for the Data Center and co-location business in Africa.
     
    In setting up this association, Schneider Electric is the forefront, taking its responsibility as the global leader of Data Center Market, and developing its customer intimacy with Africa colocation companies.
    The ADCA, in the presence of its founding members, Groupement Orange Services, ITA, NSIA Technologies, MTN, PAIX Data Centers, Rack Centre, Poulina DataXion and Schneider Electric will be launched at the Data Cloud Africa Leadership Summit that will take place in Marrakech - Morocco, September 28th, 2018.
     
    The new trade association will be funded by membership subscription and by the African Development Bank sponsorship. It will address the entire data center market segment.
    The association goals, include, but are not limited to:
    • Create a professional and sustainable region association which provides a collective voice for the industry  with respect to regulation and policy issues that may affect it, or could boost it.
    • Provide a platform for customers to contribute to the establishments of best practices, education, industry leadership,  and technical standards to which the data industry adheres.
    • Promote colocation industry and mindset in Africa.
    • Offer guidance to support the development of the Data Centers internationally.
    • Organized structured interactions with African governments on regulation and policies.
    "African Data Center confront a series of challenges not least in deploying and powering  new facilities,  commented Paul-Francois Cattier, Vice President Economic Development Middle East and Africa, Schneider Electric. "The main association to be launched during DataCloud Leadership Summit will provide the first non-profit organizational body for African operators, a valuable resource supporting industry best practices, an outstanding networking platform for the exchange of information and ideas."
     
    "The Association is a very exciting development in the continuing growth of data center businesses in Africa," commented Wouter van Hulten, CEO and founder,  PAIX Data centers. "The formation of the ADCA is an important step for an industry that plays an important role in the digital transformation of Africa's economy, enabling economic expansion. We are thrilled to be contributing to the growth of computing and networking on the continent, building and operating hubs at the heart of Africa's digital economy with our local teams complimented by our European counterparts."
     
    "We warmly welcome new and prospective members to the Association of DataCloud Africa," said Philip Low, chairman of BroadGroup, the organizers and producers of the DataCloud Africa Leadership Summit. The summit is taking place at an important moment in the evolution of data center industry in Africa, and we are delighted to host the new Association at the event."
     
    Membership of the Association will be open to both operating companies in Africa, as well as those engaged in the data center sector internationally. Contact Information about joining the association can be found at http://africadatacenters.org.
     
    About Data Center Africa Summit
    DataCloud Africa is the premier networking  and deal making event for data center, cloud IaaS and Edge leaders, their customers, investors and senior executives. In this inaugural the event aims to provide range of benefits, structured networking and the opportunities for business deals. To register visit www.datacloudafrica.com
     
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    With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management - Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest partner, integrator and developer community on our open platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency.
     
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