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    How expanding internet infrastructure across Africa opens the continent for business

    African nations are experiencing an explosion in digital markets. Throughout the continent, from Egypt to South Africa, Nigeria to Kenya, there exists endless diversity — and a multitude of web- and app-based opportunities are scaling across all societal and economic sectors of each distinct region.

    The numbers tell the story: internet adoption more than doubled in the seven years between 2015 and 2022, totaling some 570 million active users. If current projections hold, that figure is expected to top 760 million people by 2028.

    Realising this potential aligns perfectly with Gcore’s mission to make the internet a better place. The company is committed to delivering web experiences with more accessibility and minimised latency, all reinforced by high-quality, secure performance regardless of global location. Steadily growing out Gcore’s infrastructure is key to fulfilling that mission.

    The expansion is based around Gcore CDN, a next-generation content delivery network that helps business accelerate the dynamic and static content of websites or applications. Gcore CDN has many built-in web security features and operates through a rapidly growing infrastructure with over 140 points of presence worldwide.

    Rapidly growing infrastructure across the continent

    By continually expanding Gcore network’s presence to various regions throughout Africa, the cloud and edge provider offers reliable access to these markets for international companies, while simultaneously furnishing dependable connectivity to the global marketplace for Africa’s regional and local businesses and communities alike.

    Since 2019, Gcore has consistently increased their points of presence (PoPs) across the continent in the following locations:

    • Johannesburg, South Africa (2019)
    • Luanda, Angola (2022)
    • Lagos, Nigeria (2022)
    • Nairobi, Kenya (2022)
    • Tripoli, Libya (2022)
    • Cairo, Egypt (2022)
    • Cape Town, South Africa (2022)
    • Windhoek, Namibia (2023)
    • Lusaka, Zambia (2023)
    • Lome, Togo (2023)
    • Port Louis, Mauritius (2023)
    • Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (2023)
    • Kampala, Uganda (2023)

    Gcore has several more African PoPs planned for the near future. Doing so is part of Gcore’s commitment to facilitate barrier-free, worldwide networking for all and accelerate participation in the global economy.

    Just glimpsing at the data underscores how important reliable coverage is for those users eagerly embracing the digital economy: internet penetration in African countries is rapidly scaling through the popularity of e-commerce platforms and mobile payments, the rise of online education startups, and the growth of social media use.

    Of course, the biggest driver here is the widespread adoption of smartphones, with projections suggesting that more than 600 million people across the continent will be using them by 2025 — a key indicator of the near-seismic shift toward digital technology currently in motion.

    These high-growth verticals illustrate why optimal internet infrastructure in African countries ties directly to increased regional investment — which in turn creates new jobs, boosts economic growth, and improves living standards throughout the continent.

    New opportunities for global companies and local business

    Whether business entity or nonprofit is tied to healthcare, financial services, education, e-commerce, entertainment or any other industry, the booming digital markets across African nations present a wealth of opportunities for global companies and citizens alike.

    Optimised content delivery makes outside investment more attractive for entities looking to expand in the region, and supports the development of local entrepreneurship and regional initiatives, helping each reach their respective goals.

    The growth of internet penetration across the continent shows two basic pillars of economics — supply and demand — on full display in this digital arena.

    Demand for better, faster, safer, internet connectivity will continue increasing. And delivering cutting-edge “supply” — content and the infrastructure that makes it possible — is essential in order for all African countries to realize their full potential.

    The 13 PoPs (and counting) that Gcore has established throughout Africa are designed to continue meeting this demand.

    Irrespective of both the various challenges and immense possibilities that each country has individually, one common denominator underpinning all of Africa is that through a clean, reliable, and constantly improving content delivery infrastructure, everybody wins.

    Gcore CDN is a next-generation content delivery network that helps business accelerate the dynamic and static content of websites or applications. Gcore CDN has many built-in web security features and operates through a rapidly growing infrastructure with over 140 points of presence worldwide.

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