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Huawei to build data centers in South Africa

A woman sits next to a salesman at a Huawei store in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 January 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Cape town (Reuters) – China’s Huawei will be the construction of two data centers in South Africa from March, it said, as part of the plans to expand cloud services in the whole of Africa.

“The company is working with South African partners for the construction of the data centers in Johannesburg in the first instance, and later cape town,” Huawei said in a statement.

The cloud service will be available to organisations in South Africa and surrounding countries, it said.

The Chinese company, in the centre of the global concern about the safety, challenge Amazon.com Inc., which is also expanding its presence in the emerging tech hub of cape town in a match against cloud-computing rival Microsoft Corp.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the global leader in cloud computing.

In the last quarter of 2018 AWS revenue increased by 46 percent to $ 7 billion, while Microsoft’s rose by 76 percent to $4 billion to stay in the second place, data from research firm Canalys showed.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; editing by Jason Neely

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