US$1 million data centre launched in Mazowe

By Tapiwa Machemedze

Exactly a year after the establishment of the country’s first ICT factory in Msasa, Harare, government has stepped up the digitisation drive with the launch of the fourth expanded data performance centre housed at the iconic Mazowe Earth Satellite Station. 

“Gone are the days when tonnes and tonnes of paper would be kept in offices and the Ministry of ICT is taking a leading role. The entire information of the country will be digitalised for future generations,” the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Dr. Jenfan Muswere said.

TelOne Managing Director Chipo Mutasa disclosed that four million dollars has been invested in data centres over the last four years.

“When we started with our data center business there was skepticism on if it was viable but four years later it’s now a stand-alone unit. With its growth we can actually wean it off into a separate business,” she noted.

Tendo Electronics Managing Director Mike Kamungeremu said while most countries in the region are outsourcing, Zimbabwe now has capacity to establish its own data centers. 

“Some companies could not proceed with special projects when Covid-19 kicked in, but this project was undertaken at the height of Covid-19.”

The data centre, which has a six petabyte capacity, will offset costs and enhance efficiency by storing data locally.