Kenya datacentre industry growth expected to continue
East African country of Kenya has the potential to be global datacentre hubs thanks to her strategic geo-location, and country’s ongoing efforts to boost data security. The Kenya datacentre industry has all the ingredients for success and that it is now up to the industry to show the world its strengths same as it has done with cutting edge innovations like globally famous Mobile money transfer platform. Kenya infrastructure is well placed, from power supply to telecommunication needs. Interestingly, the labour costs are affordable and most crucially is safe from natural disasters. Also, Kenya has the real estate capacity to build more datacentres. Positioning the country as a world datacentre hub is one of the entry points projects of the country’s Vision 2030 strategic plan that planners claim will move the country from a third world country to a middle income economy. A thriving datacentre industry will provide Kenya with the critical infrastructure it needs to fuel the digital economy particularly in providing low latency Internet connectivity.
Kenya datacentre industry is projected to grow at ten per cent annually. Currently, the Kenya government seeks to improve the industry’s competitiveness through pro competitive and industry friendly policies with the goal of reducing total operating costs.The future is bright for Kenya’s datacentre industry but it faces stiff competition from South Africa where the industry is more developed and remains the datacentre hotspots in the whole of Africa. The selling point for Kenya is that South African is said to have grown to its near limit capacity and rather than compete with South Africa, it would be better for Kenya to have a synergistic relationship with the rainbow nation. Since 2010, Kenya has enjoyed accelerating growth in its datacentre industry, with more than six major service providers now offering the entire spectrum of datacentre services.