The world of data centers can sometimes be a small one, as PowerHouse Data Centers found out when they collaborated with the government of Ghana recently at their new Ashburn facility.
PowerHouse Data Centers played host to a special delegation of the Ghana Ministry of Communications and Digilisation, facilitating a tour and luncheon for the entire cabinet as well as a number of Ashburn movers and shakers. The event included members of the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development and the International Data Center Authority (IDCA), who also played a part in the ministry’s official visit.
Ghana’s technology sector has seen significant growth over the last decade, with a focus on developing and nurturing local tech talent. This has seen the emergence of a vibrant tech ecosystem, with several startups and incubators supported by the government and private sector. The introduction of fiber optic networks has also led to improved internet connectivity, enabling the growth of e-commerce and fintech startups. Additionally, the government has launched initiatives such as the National Digital Property Addressing System and the Ghana Tech Lab to promote innovation and technological advancement in the country. Despite these developments, challenges such as limited access to funding and lack of technical expertise still hinder the sector’s growth.
Recently, the government of Ghana received a sum of $200 million from the World Bank to enhance digital innovation and expand networks. This funding led to the establishment of the Ghana Digital Acceleration Project, led by Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation. Owusu-Ekuful’s visit to Data Center Alley was exploratory, aimed at learning best practices and viewing the newest trends in action in order to bring those ideas back to Ghana.
PowerHouse Data Center’s new ABX-1 facility was a great fit for the purposes of the trip, as it showcased the many benefits of a powered shell approach that could provide an advantageous approach for Ghana’s digital economic development. With this continued investment and support, Ghana’s technology sector is poised for even greater success as it transitions to a tech-based economy.
Continue reading about the visit here. Or, learn more about PowerHouse Data Centers and their new ABX-1 campus here.