Huawei will build two data centers in South Africa from March as part of plans to expand cloud services across Africa.
“The company is working with South African partners for the construction of the data centers in Johannesburg initially and later Cape Town,” Huawei said in a statement.
Huawei said its cloud service will be available to organizations in South Africa as well as neighboring countries.
The Chinese firm, at the center of global security concerns, will challenge Amazon.com, which is also expanding its presence in the emerging tech hub of Cape Town in a challenge against cloud computing rival Microsoft.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the global leader in cloud computing.
AWS’s revenue grew 46 percent to $7 billion, while Microsoft’s grew 76 percent to $4 billion in the last quarter of 2018, research firm Canalys said.