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Location of data centers, January 2018 

Sources: ; International Telecommunications Union (ITU),


The location of data centers – places for storing information belonging to companies, administrations, and private individuals – is strictly limited, particularly by the need for security and energy availability. As well as a very considerable North/South imbalance and a high concentration in the United States and Europe, the map shows that their location only partly overlaps with the share of Internet users, except in Africa where, as yet, there is little integration.


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