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=17.14Data Quest commented
Africa is planned, great. What about the Middle East? Amazon just beat you to it by announcing a data center in Bahrain starting 2019.
Between hosting in West Europe (currently lowest latency azure dc for middle east) and Bahrain, enterprise clients - especially in the financial sector - will want to opt for something local when compliance & regulatory bodies get in on it.
Azure Stack, you say? As of this post, it's only available in 3 middle eastern countries.