London/Monaco 22 March 2016 – In the first event of its kind, an exciting one-day Summit will meet in Monaco to explore the next phase of data centre and cloud development across the African continent.

Invest in Data Center Africa – colocated at Datacloud Europe – will meet at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco on 8th June 2016 to discuss current and future investment in Africa data centres, connectivity via subsea cables and dark fibre, energy supply, cloud, IT investment, risk and the availability of funding.

The programme will feature a host of inspiring top level speakers from both investor organisations and operating companies in Africa and internationally.

Confirmed speakers include:
· Paul-François Cattier, who has recently been appointed President of Schneider Electric International, covering 60 countries in West Africa, Central Africa, Caribbean islands, Indian Ocean Islands and Pacific Islands
· Michael Tobin OBE
· Yaw Owusu, Managing Director, Ghana Cyber City - the first technology park in Ghana
· Constantinos Shiatis, Principal Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

International consulting company BroadGroup, who research and produce Datacloud, will provide a market assessment and outlook for the Africa data centre landscape.

“Africa’s infrastructure is a growth story for the next decade, ” commented Philip Low, Managing Director of BroadGroup. “We are seeing the emergence of carrier neutral data centres, and importantly IP peering exchanges that will spur hosting and cloud growth over the next 24 months in several countries. But the summit hopes to create more investor led opportunities as well as assess the risk and prospects.”

Infrastructure investment and challenges faced by Africa will take centre stage during the summit with energy being among them. Case studies and empirical examples will be showcased, contributing to a realistic perspective for data centre investors.

Datacloud 2016 is Europe's foremost networking and business deal-making forum for data centre and cloud players, their customers, investors and suppliers. Attracting 1800+ executives from more than 60 countries as well as 90+ exhibiting companies, delivering a unique networking opportunity and to secure real-time deals.

Sponsors and exhibitors should take early action to assure participation in what will be EMEA’s largest networking event including this highly targeted summit for Africa.
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About BroadGroup:
Established in 2002, BroadGroup is an Information Media Technology and Professional Services company providing a value chain of consulting and research, publications, and innovative conference brands focused on data center, cloud and IT infrastructure and investment. The company is headquartered in London and incorporated as a limited company in the United Kingdom.
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