Microsoft is expanding on its existing investments in Africa by delivering Microsoft Cloud Services including Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 directly from Datacenters located in Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa. Initial availability is expected in 2018.
Stay tuned for more updates here https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/?v=17.14Erik commented
Seriously? Don't you think it might have something more to do with issues around security, cost, connectivity, political stability, corruption and governmental regulation? It's likely a quagmire of regulations and red tape to go through, not to mention you probably have to spend a fortune in bribes to make it happen. The region is unstable.. even long lasting governments can topple overnight, leaving a huge investment lost. Governments can just decide to confiscate foreign property if they don't pay their bribes on time, or heaven forbid, terrorists come in and take over the facility and use it to gain access to other systems running in the Azure network. I'm sure Microsoft would be more than happy to build a data center there if they thought it was a safe and profitable investment.