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Chinese technology company Huawei has announced that it is preparing to launch its own cloud data centres in South Africa. The data centres are set to launch in Johannesburg initially and later in Cape Town, and will form part of further African expansion. Huawei Cloud will unveil more new regions in Africa in the near future with Kenya and Nigeria also a part of the big picture, the company said.

Huawei to launch local cloud data centres

“We are working on the data centres with local telecom partners. We are very excited to have the service up and running by March. This will offer our customers lower-latency, reliable, and secure cloud services. We will be ready for trial use from next week based at the local data centre,” a Huawei spokesperson said.

Huawei will deploy localised public cloud services based on local industry policies, customer requirements and partner conditions. The cloud service will be available to organisations in South Africa as well as neighbouring countries.

Globally, Huawei Cloud has launched over 160 cloud services in 18 categories with over 60 general- purpose solutions, such as SAP, HPC, IoT, security and DevOps. Huawei has also developed over 80 industry-specific scenarios such as manufacturing, e-commerce, gaming, and finance.

The expansion comes as Huawei faces pressure from the US administration, which accuses the Chinese firm of being a security threat and wants mobile operators to break off relations.

Governments across Europe are weighing restrictions on Huawei, which says it’s privately held and doesn’t take orders from Beijing.

The Chinese company hopes to challenge Amazon and Microsoft, which are also expanding their presence in South Africa. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the global leader in cloud computing. In the last quarter of 2018 AWS’s revenue grew 46% to $7 billion while Microsoft’s grew 76% to $4 billion to remain in second place, according to data from research firm Canalys.

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