The government plans to unveil a National Data Centre at the Konza Technopolis, the Principal Secretary for ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs yesterday revealed.
Phase one of the project whose services will include hosting data for government ministries and other agencies is already completed.
The ICT PS Jerome Ochieng made the pronouncement during a visit to Konza Technocity. He revealed that the data centre has already attracted interest from various public as well as private sector players as part of the commercialization plan.
“There has been great progress. We have seen an improvement which is immense. Phase One of the Data Centre is ready for utilization. Most of our data will be resident here. With more emphasis being put on use of technology, the storage of data will be useful,” he said.
The Data Centre already hosts the COVID-19 Contact Centre located at Nurses Complex, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) which was recently launched to offer front line workers psycho-social support as one of the ways of helping them cope with the psychological challenges and mental wellbeing
Work on the data centre began in 2019 and is being implemented by the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) aided by the government of Kenya through the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Innovation and Youth Affairs.
The second phase of the project is expected to incorporate smart city facilities and services. KoTDA is looking forward to incubating innovators in the facility, provides with hosting and other tech services.
The authority has also lined up an Agritech Center of Excellence to support Kenya’s agriculture sector in areas such as precision farming, automation and adoption of technology through Global Positioning System (GPS).