Local telecoms, banks, and fintech investors have created a competitive environment in both the IT and finance sector of the company. There have been several new entrants in the financial technology sector, from national investors to international startups set on changing the face of Africa. Kenya has always been a frontrunner for change. As a country, we have invested heavily in our own mobile money technology to encourage the kind of progress that the world marvels about and brings tech innovators like Mark Zuckerberg around.
The good thing is momentum is still building. Since the introduction of M-Pesa, we have seen the new addition of M-Shwari, KCB loans, and Eazzy banking to mention a few. The progress has been phenomenal among telecoms, and now Telkom has come to join the big dogs by re-branding and paving their own path. As a company that has always been big on the internet, the company has now surprised the information and technology industry by setting up their own data canter.
They have also recently made a deal with Google to roll out the Project Loon that uses huge balloons to incorporate Wi-Fi services to people in rural areas. A first for Africa, Kenya keeps leading by example. The pilot took place for a few months over areas like Meru and parts of Central and Eastern Kenya that was successful. The government also gave approval after this partnership, citing that the country was moving in the right direction with regard to connectivity in the digital space. As more and more Kenyans get connected to the internet, the country’s requirements for a robust data center will grow due to the high volume of data being used.
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As well as the nature of IT practices in the country and businesses process, which involve numerous tech startups in the country. The Telcom operator announced their launch of a data center at the Nairobi Milimani Exchange site. The facility represents the company’s bold decision to go forward and implement their own data center. To host and run it, instead of outsourcing the third party to build and manage the site.
The new data center gives Telkom a competitive edge against their competitors. Although it is an expensive investment to host your own data center, it gives more control to the company who can test and implement far-reaching tech innovations and adopt new capabilities. These new innovations can then be implemented to integrate value-added services for their customers.
The data center is the first phase of the project, which will provide considerable space for cloud service providers and operators. Among other IT-based businesses which are set to host their data and cloud services, apps and backend end systems in Kenya and East Africa. With such a bold target in mind, Telkom is bound to attract local, regional and international interest from their initiative. The 1460 rack space is bound to attract notable companies.
The Milimani site has the capacity to host 30 racks, and customers are encouraged to come with their own racks for personal use. However. the company racks are also available for use. Perhaps, the most significant selling point for this venture is its three redundant fiber route that ensures redundancy is in place and access to the International Capacity on the Submarine Cables (TEAMS. EASSy and LION2) are available from Nairobi.
“This global seamless network backbone has reinforced a wide range of connection options through proprietary PoPs, internet exchanges, and local loops, in addition to satellite and submarine transmission. This is delivered through a fully diverse national inland fiber optic cable network from Mombasa to Malaba & Tororo in Uganda & a recently implemented Point of Presence at Smart hub in Fujairah, UAE,” said George Mokogi, Managing Director, Carrier Services, Telkom Kenya.
“To deliver on the capabilities of a digital business, there’s no question that IT organizations must modernize and automate their infrastructure, and transform their data center operation into a cloud environment – one that is fully automated and self-service,” he added