South Africa’s planned Space Infrastructure Hub will use space data as a development tool

Information from SANSA The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been awarded R4.47 billion in additional funding over the next three years to develop a Space Infrastructure Hub. The hub forms part of the Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium (SIDS) initiative to prioritise infrastructure development for economic growth and job creation, and is funded by …

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Amazon Web Services launches new data centre in South Africa

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened its AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region, which has three availability zones – each with independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networking. Developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organisations can run their applications and serve end-users in Africa.

Microsoft is building a planetary computer

Microsoft is entering the next phase of its AI for Earth program, dedicated to building a Planetary Computer platform. This will provide the AI for Earth community (which includes nearly 500 organisations in 81 countries) with access to critical global environmental datasets, and a computing platform to analyse those datasets.