Converged, state owned telecommunications company, TelOne has launched its $4 million state of the art data centre as part of the company’s efforts to transform its business model through a shift from a fixed landline to a broadband based business.
The data centre is a sub-project of the National Broadband (NBB) Project under a $98 million China Exim Bank facility.
Officiating at the launch, ICT, Postal and Courier Services minister Supa Mandiwanzira said the NBB project was a key venture for government which has come at a time government is pushing for the deployment of ICT infrastructure to connect the rural areas as well as the sharing of infrastructure.
“The mandate to roll out the national optic fibre backbone has been given to TelOne whom we are expecting to drive connectivity in the underserved areas. Beyond the backbone network, I am aware that some work is also being done to deliver Fibre to the home in some green-fields areas.
“This is an area we are very passionate about as a ministry and would like to call for more aggression. The significance of the NBB project has seen it being granted National Project Status, which assures you of our seriousness as government,” said Mandiwanzira.
“This culminated in TelOne benefiting from the China Exim Bank $98 million facility for the project being implemented by Huawei.
“The launch of the Data Centre therefore is an important development worth celebrating as it is in sync with the big data era that the country has entered into making such facilities indispensable,” he said.
Phase one of the NBB project has drawn down $33 million which has been used to partly complete the set-up of state of the art Harare Main and Mazoe Data Centres, the Bulawayo- Victoria Falls upgrade, Mutare-Harare-Bulawayo-Plumtree transmission upgrade, Harare-Mutare network upgrade, prepaid billing system and core Network upgrade.
Meanwhile, TelOne managing director Chipo Mtasa commended government for the support it rendered towards the parastatal to ensure it meets its goals.
“We are pleased to confirm that the facilities we have built are world class, Tier 3 meaning we guarantee reliability at 99.98% uptime. I therefore implore on all of you seriously consider us to host you instead of constructing your own centres.
“As a specialised entity, not only are we guaranteeing the expertise but we will as also help you cut your connectivity costs by up to 35%,” said Mtasa.
The TelOne Data Centre offers a variety of services ranging from co-location which allows enterprises to have their ICTs equipment housed by TelOne. TelOne will be hosting many other enterprises allowing the sharing of resources such as power, air-conditioning rates and real estate rental and thus significantly cutting down on the enterprise’s operational costs.
A Data Centre is a centralised location where large amounts of data are collected, stored, processed, distributed and accessed.