Chinese colossus Huawei announced that it is building a data center in Johannesburg, South Africa in order to offer its cloud services in the country. Further details will be disclosed during AfricaCom 2018 which will be held in Cape Town on November 13-15.

According to Huawei, the company's cloud business unit, Huawei Cloud, has introduced over 120 cloud services in 18 categories and cover 60+ general solutions including SAP, high-performance computing (HPC), Internet of Things (IoT), security and DevOps.

According to Zheng Yelai, president of Cloud Business Unit at Huawei, once the data center is established, Huawei will be able to provide cutting-edge AI and Big Data cloud solutions to governmental institutions, enterprises and consumers in South Africa and neighboring countries. With this investment, Huawei plans to become one of the five biggest global cloud services providers.

According to Huawei, its cloud services unit and the Huawei partner public cloud are available in 14 countries and regions, and will be available “in most of the major regions around the world” by end of 2018.

In 2018, Huawei Cloud launched the Hong Kong, Russia and Thailand data centers. By the end of September 2018, the unit had provided services in Asia Pacific and partner public cloud services in Europe and Latin America, outside of the Chinese market.

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