The South Africa Google cloud region will support the creation of more than 40,000 jobs by 2030 by contributing more than a cumulative $2.1 billion to the country’s GDP
On Wednesday, Google revealed its plans to establish a Google Cloud region in South Africa, its first on the continent. South Africa will be joining Google Cloud’s global network of 35 cloud regions and 106 zones worldwide.
Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, last year announced, to help boost Africa’s digital transformation, Google would invest $1 billion in Africa over the next five years to support a range of initiatives, from improved connectivity to investment in startups.
“The future Google cloud region in South Africa will bring Google Cloud services closer to our local customers, enabling them to innovate and securely deliver faster, more reliable experiences to their own customers, helping to accelerate their growth,” said Nitin Gajria, Managing Director, Google Sub-Saharan Africa.
The South Africa Google cloud region will support the creation of more than 40,000 jobs by 2030 by contributing more than a cumulative $2.1 billion to the country’s GDP, according to research by AlphaBeta Economics for Google Cloud.
Google said, along with the Google cloud region, it is expanding its network through the Equiano subsea cable and building Dedicated Cloud Interconnect sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lagos and Nairobi.
“We continue to support African entrepreneurs in growing their businesses and developing their talent,” said Google.
“We’ve also continued to support nonprofits working to improve lives in Africa, with a $40 million cash and in-kind commitment so far,” it added.
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