Google Cloud’s ambitious African expansion

The news: Google plans to set up an African cloud service as part of its largest $1 billion investment on the continent to enable data sovereignty, by Bloomberg.

Google’s African Safari: The search giant plans to carpet Africa with various services, illustrating Big Tech desire to become network providers, owners of tips as well as content on the Internet.

  • Google believes that the cloud region could contribute more than $2.1 billion to the country’s economy and support the creation of more than 40,000 jobs by 2030, said Niral PatelDirector of Google Cloud Africa.
  • Googlewhich already has 10,000 miles of submarine cables, wants to have infrastructure in Africa in the next five years, while he estimates 300 million Africans will access the Internet for the first time.
  • Current African submarine cable interconnection sites include Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa and Lagos, Nairobi.
  • Google is also innovating as it grows. One of his projects uses Laser-Based Internet to Connect Cities Across the Congo River in Africa.

The cloud puzzle piece: Google Cloud has aggressively expanded its cloud operations in various countries and regions and is to push sovereignty and data residency as key benefits of expansion. In an internal FAQ dated August 9, Google Cloud estimates data sovereignty to be a $100 billion market.

  • Google Cloud extended in Mexico in July to better support the future latin american growth.
  • In August, its cloud operations opened facilities in Thailand, Malaysiaand New Zealand.
  • Alphabet announced last month that Google would create Greeceof the first cloud region, by Reuters.

Takeaway key: Google, including cloud services lost $3.1 billion last year, continues to invest in expansion to catch up with leaders Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The company’s investment in submarine cables and cloud regions gives it a head start in the race.

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