Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Honourable Jenfan Muswere Officially unveiled the TelOne Southern Region Data centre in Zimbabwe.
Speaking at the official opening event of Telone Bulawayo Data Centre and Hillside Client Experience Centre, Muswere said the launch of this Data centre by Telone aligns with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent announcement that the days of “Bambazonke” in the country are over.
“It gives me great pleasure to be officiating at this colourful event as we come together to reveal two more feathers on the TelOne cap.
“Very pleasing to be celebrating this progress hard on the heels of two other project launches by TelOne in Mazowe and in Chitungwiza.
“It is encouraging to see the effort that you continue to put to ensure that you are not left behind in this very fast paced ICT space. More importantly though, today is even more significant as we are also showing the thrust of Government to leave no place behind in our development trajectory.
“Allow me ladies and gentleman to congratulate TelOne for coming out to invest in the data center facility and refreshing your flagship outlet here in Bulawayo.
“I have taken note of the fact that the Bulawayo Data Centre which we have just opened in Bulawayo CBD is the only Data Centre in the Southern region of Zimbabwe.
“It is therefore much pleasing that this key development has been deployed by our own TelOne. The launch of this Data Centre aligns with His Excellency’s recent announcements that the days of “Bambazonke” where Harare has been the center of everything in the country are over.
“We are aware that the growth of the economy and its ability to create new business models that didn’t exist 20 years ago relies on data and data storage capacity. As Government, we too are keen to take advantage of digitization and reap its rewards.
“The rise of the ‘Internet of things creates huge volumes of data that need to be processed and stored. According to research, the digital world now already holds twice as much data as there are litres of water in our oceans and in the next 5 years, we will generate more data than we did in the previous 5,000 years,” said Muswere.
Muswere added that, “Better still, Africa alone needs up to 1000 MW and 700 facilities to meet the demand for data centres. I am therefore pleased that Zimbabwe is playing its part through such projects as the Bulawayo Data Centre and the other similar facilities in Harare and Bulawayo.
“From Government, we are certainly keen on seeing an even quicker increase of this kind of infrastructure in our country – it is as vital as roads, airports, and other infrastructure in the digital economy. Our government wants to create a conducive environment to enhance our ease of doing business and I congratulate TelOne for this effort, which is an addition to our broader national strategy of modernizing the country’s ICT infrastructure and will aid towards the attainment of an upper-middle-income economy by 2030,” he said.