The US government is supporting Africa’s digital transformation by funding a $300 million loan facility to build a state-of-the-art data centre in Ghana.
The project is part of the Prosper Africa Growth Initiative (PGIL), which aims to construct data centres across the continent. The data centre in Ghana will be operated by Africa Data Centres (ADCs), the largest network of interconnected data facilities in Africa.
According to a tweet by the US Development Finance Corporation (DFC), which is providing the loan, the data centre in Ghana will be a first-of-its-kind in Africa and will increase access to cloud-based technologies and lower the cost of internet for women.
The data centre will also host major internet exchanges, such as the Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX), Cape Town Internet Exchange (CINX) and Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP), which will improve the speed and reliability of internet services in Africa. The DFC said that the data centre in Ghana will be “the beginning of a digital revolution on the continent”.