The Middle East & Africa Data Center Colocation Market to Worth $3.36 Billion in 2028, More than 587.7 MW Power Capacity to be Added in the Next 6 Years – Arizton

September 12 04:47 2023
The Middle East & Africa Data Center Colocation Market to Worth $3.36 Billion in 2028, More than 587.7 MW Power Capacity to be Added in the Next 6 Years - Arizton
Government Initiatives and Strategic Locations Drive Middle East and Africa Data Center Colocation Market

Arizton publishes the latest research report on the Middle East & Africa data center colocation market. The Market will grow at a CAGR of 8.11% during 2022-2028. The analysis encompasses the current state of the Middle East and Africa data center colocation market for the period 2023-2028, considering its market dynamics. It provides a comprehensive overview of various factors driving growth, as well as obstacles and emerging trends in the market. The report delves into both the factors influencing demand and those affecting supply within the market. Furthermore, it offers in-depth assessments and scrutiny of key companies that are at the forefront of operations in this market.

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The Middle East & Africa colocation market is poised for continuous expansion, driven by government initiatives focused on digitalization, the proliferation of robust connectivity infrastructure, and other factors. The government’s incentive programs, including tax exemptions for data centers situated in Free Trade Zones (FTZs) and industrial parks, contribute to this growth. Enterprises are anticipated to increasingly adopt colocation facilities to support their digitalization efforts and access secure, low-latency services with enhanced processing capabilities. While retail colocation pricing is expected to remain stable, wholesale colocation pricing is likely to decrease due to the construction of energy-efficient hyperscale facilities. Notably, major tech players like Microsoft and Google have collaborated with regional operators to establish data centers in the region, further bolstering the data center landscape. Quantum Switch is also set to launch two data centers by 2023, adding to the market’s growth prospects.

The data center colocation market in the Middle East is led by Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, and Turkey. The smart cities in the Middle East include Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which witness data center construction investments due to the increased demand for data storage and processing. Seven submarine cables will come online during the forecast period, expected to drive data center demand.

The Middle East & Africa data center colocation market by electrical infrastructure to cross $ 1 billion by 2028

UPS systems attract the highest investment in terms of power infrastructure through the adoption of valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery-powered systems. The adoption of UPS systems is a critical task for data center operators and designers as it accounts for around 30% of failures identified in facilities. Vendors introduced lithium-ion UPS solutions, nickel-zinc batteries, and Prussian blue sodium-ion batteries to overcome the challenges of VRLA batteries. The market will witness the adoption of UPS systems with lithium-ion batteries during the forecast period. Most data centers operating in the Middle East & Africa adopt N+N redundant infrastructure, while some data centers design facilities with space to install up to 2N redundant UPS systems to cope with diverse feed designs of the facility and frequent power outages. In terms of capacity, the adoption of 500–1,250 kVA UPS systems contributes to higher investments for vendors than other systems.


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Key Market Participants’ Initiatives

  • Prominent operators in the Middle East and Africa data center colocation market include Khazna Data Centers, Gulf Data Hub, MEEZA, Moro Hub, Africa Data Centres, Raxio Data Centres, IXAfrica, Rack Centre, and Wingu. These providers are making significant contributions to the industry.
    • Khazna Data Centers and Gulf Data Hub are spearheading growth by developing over 15 data center facilities across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain, set to be operational in the forecast period.
    • In Africa, Raxio Data Centres is pivotal in developing approximately five facilities across Angola, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, and Tanzania, slated to be operational within the forecast period.
  • The increase in demand across different industries in the region has led operators in the Middle East and Africa data center colocation market to sign several M&A contracts and enter joint ventures (JVs) to expand their portfolios, attract customers, and capture a higher market share. For instance,
    • In September 2022, Khazna Data Centers and BEEAH Digital formed a JV termed One Data Center SPV. The newly formed company plans to build a 9-MW data center in Sharjah, UAE.
    • Equinix expanded its footprint in the region by completing the acquisition of MainOne, including MDX-I, in H1 2022.
    • Digital Realty acquired a major stake of around 55% in Teraco.


Market Segmentation

  • Colocation Service: Retail Colocation and Wholesale Colocation
  • Infrastructure: Electrical Infrastructure, Mechanical Infrastructure, and General Construction
  • Electrical Infrastructure, UPS Systems, Generators, Transfer Switches & Switchgear, Power Distribution Units, and Other Electrical Infrastructure
  • Mechanical Infrastructure: Cooling Systems, Racks, and Other Mechanical Infrastructure
  • Cooling Systems: CRAC & CRAH Units, Chiller Units, Cooling Towers, Condensers & Dry Coolers, Economizers & Evaporative Coolers, and Other Cooling Units
  • Cooling Technique: Air-based Cooling Technique and Liquid-based Cooling Technique
  • General Construction: Core & Shell Development, Installation & Commissioning Services, Engineering & Building Design, Fire Detection & Suppression, Physical Security, and DCIM/BMS Solutions
  • Tier Standard: Tier I & Tier II, Tier III, and Tier IV
  • Geography: Middle East (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, and Other Middle Eastern Countries) and Africa (South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Other African Countries)


Key Vendors

Key Data Center Investors

  • 21st Century Technology
  • Africa Data Centres
  • Adgar Investments and Development
  • Batelco
  • Bynet Data Communications
  • Digital Parks Africa
  • Equinix
  • EdgeConneX
  • Future Digital Data Systems (FDDS)
  • Gulf Data Hub
  • Galaxy Backbone
  • iColo (Digital Realty)
  • IXAfrica
  • Khazna Data Centers (G42 & Etisalat)
  • Moro Hub
  • MedOne
  • Meeza
  • Mobily
  • MainOne
  • Medallion Communications
  • NTT Global Data Centers
  • Oman Data Park
  • Ooredoo
  • Paratus Namibia
  • Rack Centre
  • Raxio Data Centres
  • Saudi Telecom Company (stc)
  • Serverfarm
  • Turkcell
  • Türk Telekom
  • Telehouse
  • Telecom Egypt
  • Teraco (Digital Realty)
  • Wingu

New Entrants

  • Airtel Nigeria
  • Agility
  • Cloudoon
  • Compass Datacenters
  • Digital Realty
  • Damac Data Centres
  • Global Technical Realty
  • Infinity
  • Kasi Cloud
  • Open Access Data Centres (OADC)
  • Vantage Data Centers
  • Quantum Switch Tamasuk
  • ZeroPoint DC


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  • What is the estimated market size in terms of area in the Middle East and Africa data center colocation market by 2028?
  • What are the key trends in the Middle East and Africa data center colocation market?
  • How many MW of power capacity is expected to reach the Middle East and Africa data center colocation market by 2028?

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