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Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications opens Batelco data centre


Bahrain-based telco Batelco has officially launched its enterprise data centre located in Hamala in the Gulf state.

The launch was in the presence of HE. Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, and Chairman of Batelco Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.

According to Batelco, the launch of data centre is a remarkable achievement for the company as it supports the Kingdom’s achievements in the telecommunications sector, which is in line with the Fifth Telecommunications Plan for the development of the sector, ensuring its readiness to support and develop the Bahrain’s digital economy.

Batelco’s data centre is designed in accordance with international standards for the construction of such centres and is the third data centre of the company. The new data centre has achieved Tier III certification for design and build from the Uptime Institute, a global authority that specialises in evaluating global data centres through a series of performance-based assessments designed to measure progress and efficiency of all data centres across the world. Evaluation is based on specific criteria such as the availability of round the clock service and the quality of equipment enabling uninterrupted power supply (UPS) to ensure Business Continuity of the centre.

With an area of 12,236 square metres, the centre is equipped with a total capacity of 2.7 megawatts that services a total of 250 working cabins, making it the largest data centre for the commercial sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which is ready to provide hosting services for enterprise customers.

During the visit, a presentation was given outlining the company’s strategy in building and operating modern data centres in Bahrain, in line with the requirements of Digital Transformation in the telecommunication sector. Batelco also highlighted the support of the ministry for such projects that contribute to the development of telecommunications infrastructure in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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HE. Mohammed praised Batelco’s efforts in elevating the Kingdom’s telecommunication sector and said: “The telecommunications sector is a key pillar in the success and prosperity of Bahrain’s economy, particularly the digital economy and on this occasion I would like to congratulate Batelco on its achievement in launching a world-class certified data centre that is in line with the Fifth Telecommunications Plan to support the Kingdom’s digital economy and facilitate Digital Transformation in various sectors.”

He added that: “I am pleased to witness the recent remarkable developments in the telecommunication and Information technology sector, which is reflected in the development of mobile services such as the launch of 5G and broadband services, as well as digital solutions related to cloud computing, the Internet of Things and data centres, and these are all indicators of very positive progress in the  Kingdom’s digital economy.”

Abdulla said: “We are proud to host His Excellency Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed and to have him officially inaugurate Batelco’s newest data centre. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for his continued support to the telecommunications sector, especially to the telecommunications companies in the Kingdom, which has had a great impact on the continued advancement of the Kingdom’s telecommunications and information technology sector and in keeping with international standards.”

Abdulla added that: “The establishment of a reliable and certified data centre is part of the company’s efforts to provide world-class facilities and keep up-to-date with the latest developments, especially in the field of data management and security. I would like to confirm that Batelco is continuously developing the services provided to citizens, residents and the business sector, in line with the Fifth National Telecommunications Plan and the vision of our wise leadership to achieve Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030, especially in the field of the digital economy.”

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