It has been reported that Huawei Technologies will officially begin running services from its first ever data centre in South Africa in March as the company look to expand in Africa.

Huawei’s expansion in Africa comes as it faces international pressure on its overseas operations over the security of its equipment. As it stands governments across Europe are currently weighing restrictions on Huawei, which says it’s privately held and doesn’t take orders from Beijing.

The company also said it would deploy localised public cloud services based on domestic policies and requirements as part of its plan for a fully-connected Africa driven by data and artificial intelligence applications.

The year has just began but it hasn’t been a slow start for Huawei Technologies, as last month saw the company reveal a new chipset aimed at serving the needs of data centres which process large amounts of information, with an ultimate goal of helping Huawei reduce reliance on imports.

The chipset called Kunpeng 920, jointly developed with U.K. semiconductor maker Arm Holdings, conveys an improved performance and reduces power consumption, and has been designed to boost the development of computing in big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native application scenarios.

It was in October 2018 that Huawei announced its plans to construct a data centre in South Africa to offer cloud services in the region, with the location of the data centre facility unknown at the time.

Data Economy reached out to Huawei for further details, to which the company is yet to respond.

The company have also recently released information about their latest data centre switch, which is powered by artificial intelligence and designed specifically to support AI applications.


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