Analysis of existing and upcoming facilities and investments in IT, electrical, mechanical infrastructure, general construction and grade standards

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Nigerian data center market

Nigerian data center market

Nigerian data center market

Dublin, Jan. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Nigeria Data Center Market – Investment Analysis and Growth Opportunities 2022-2027” report has been added to the supply.

The data center market in Nigeria is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.02% during 2022-2027.

This report analyzes the data center market share in Nigeria. It analyzes in detail the existing and upcoming facilities and investments in IT, electrical, mechanical infrastructure, general construction and level standards. It discusses market sizing and investment evaluation for various segments.

The growth of the data center market in Nigeria is driven by factors such as the launch of 5G, the interest shown in the market by global operators such as Equinix and Digital Realty, the shift from on-premise facilities to the cloud and colocation data center by enterprises, among other factors .

The implementation of the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) will also be a significant driver for increased data center development in the country, leading to data localization initiatives and increasing local data storage and computing requirements.

Future demand for data centers, especially from a colocation perspective, will come from sectors such as cloud and large technology companies to expand their operations in West Africa. Nigeria’s Renewable Energy Master Plan (REMP) aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix to 23% in 2025 and 36% in 2030.


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Number of pages


Forecast period

2021 – 2027

Estimated Market Value (USD) in 2021

$244.8 million

Estimated Market Value (USD) to 2027

$510.4 million

Compound Annual Growth Rate


Regions covered



  • The country is Africa’s largest ICT market, accounting for 29% of internet usage. Commercial 5G was launched in the country in September 2022 by MTN Nigeria, which will further contribute to internet penetration in the country.

  • The average utilization of Nigeria based colocation centers is 50-60%. Operators are currently witnessing demand from cloud operators, large technology companies as well as BFSI, content service providers and telecom sectors, which will drive future colocation demand in the country.

  • Currently, 80% of the electricity generated in Nigeria is through natural gas, with much of the remainder generated through coal. Nigeria is currently the largest user of oil-fired back-up generators in Africa.

  • In September 2022, the Nigerian government signed LOIs with seven companies, namely Iron Mountain, AB InBev, HP, Akamai, Rife International, Lady Lawyer Foundation and Unilever, for Nigeria’s clean energy transition. This initiative is called the Clean Energy Demand Initiative (CEDI).

  • The Nigerian government has launched the Solar Power Naija project, a program targeting 5 million solar connections for off-grid communities as part of the economic sustainability plan.


  • Available market size in investment, area, power capacity and revenue of colocation market in Nigeria.

  • Assessment of Investments in Nigeria by Colocation and Enterprise Operators.

  • Investments in area (square feet) and power capacity (MW) in populated areas of the country.

  • A detailed study of the existing market landscape, in-depth industry analysis and insightful projections of the data center market size in Nigeria during the forecast period.

  • Snapshot of existing and upcoming third party data center facilities in Nigeria

  • Facilities covered (existing): 13

  • Identified facilities (forthcoming): 8

  • Coverage: 2+ cities

  • Existing vs. Upcoming (Area)

  • Existing vs. Upcoming (IT workload capacity)

  • Data center colocation market in Nigeria

  • Market Revenue and Forecast (2021-2027)

  • Wholesale vs. Retail Revenue and Forecast (2021-2027)

  • Retail colocation pricing

  • Wholesale colocation pricing

  • Investments in the Nigerian market landscape are classified into IT, power, cooling and general building services with sizing and forecast.

  • Comprehensive analysis of latest trends, growth rate, potential opportunities, growth restraints and industry outlook.

  • Business overview and product offerings of prominent IT infrastructure providers, developers, infrastructure providers and investors working in the industry.

  • A transparent methodology for research and analysis of the supply and demand aspects of the market.


  • Rack Centres, Equinix (MainOne), Digital Realty (Medallion Communications), 21st Century Technology and Galaxy Backbone are some colocation operators currently operating facilities in the country.

  • The data center market in Nigeria is witnessing investment from new entrants such as Africa Data Centres, Kasi Cloud and Airtel Data Centers which have recently opened or are in the process of developing new facilities in the country.

  • In 2021, optical networking company WIOCC announced the inclusion of Open Access Data Centers (OADC) to establish data centers in Africa, with a planned investment of over USD 500 million over the next five years. OADC is establishing a data center in Lekki, Nigeria.

  • Arup is working on the design of Rack Centres’ LGS2 data centre, adding around 13 MW of IT load and around 65,000 square feet of floor space.

  • Global operators are increasingly interested in the country’s market. For example, Digital Realty’s acquisition of Medallion Data Centers and Equinix’s acquisition of MainOne (MDX-I).


Major suppliers

IT infrastructure providers

Data center construction contractors and subcontractors

  • Arup

  • CAP DC

  • Edarat Group

  • Future technologies

  • Interkel Group

  • JLB Architects

  • I can not

Support Infrastructure Providers

  • ABB

  • Caterpillar

  • Cummins

  • Ethan

  • Envicool

  • Legrand

  • Rittal

  • Rolls Royce

  • Schneider Electric

  • Siemens


  • Vertiv Group

Investors in data centers

New participants


IT infrastructure

  • Servers

  • Storage systems

  • Network infrastructure

  • Electrical infrastructure

  • UPS systems

  • Generators

  • Switches and switchgear

  • PDU

  • Other electrical infrastructure

Mechanical infrastructure

Cooling systems

  • CRAC & CRAH units

  • Chiller units

  • Cooling towers, condensers and dry coolers

  • Economizers and evaporative coolers

  • Other cooling units

General construction

  • Core and shell development

  • Installation and commissioning services

  • Engineering and building design

  • Fire detection and extinguishing systems

  • Security guards

  • Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)

Standard level

  • Level I and Level II

  • Arrangement III

  • Level IV

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