Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications opens the Latest Batelco Data Center
*The official opening of the largest Enterprise data center in the Kingdom of Bahrain*
In the presence of H.E. Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation & Telecommunications and Chairman of Batelco Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Batelco’s Data Center, located in Hamala, was officially opened on Thursday, February 4th.
The launch of this center is a remarkable achievement for Batelco, supporting the Kingdom’s achievements in the telecommunications sector, which is in line with the Fifth Telecommunications Plan for the development of the sector, ensuring its readiness to support and develop the Kingdom’s digital economy.
Batelco’s Data Center is designed in accordance with international standards for the construction of such centers and is the third data center of the company. The new Data Center has achieved Tier III certification for design and build from the Uptime Institute, a global authority that specializes in evaluating global data centers through a series of performance-based assessments designed to measure progress and efficiency of all data centers across the world. Evaluation is based on specific criteria such as the availability of round the clock service and the quality of equipment enabling uninterrupted power supply to ensure business continuity of the center.
With an area of 12,236 square meters, the Center is equipped with a total capacity of 2.7 megawatts that services a total of 250 working cabins, making it the largest data centre for the commercial sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which is ready to provide hosting services for Enterprise customers.
During the visit, a presentation was given outlining the company’s strategy in building and operating modern Data Centers in Bahrain, in line with the requirements of digital transformation in the telecommunication sector. Batelco also highlighted the support of the Ministry for such projects that contribute to the development of telecommunication infrastructure in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The Minister then toured the Data Center and was informed about its facilities including the benefits it offers such as providing the right environment for the operation of high-speed servers, and cooling systems that support a temperature controlled Data storage hall, as well as the structure of the center and monitoring systems. During the tour, the Minister pressed the activation button for the cooling systems, announcing the official operation of the Center.
Commenting on the launch, H.E. Engineer Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed praised Batelco’s efforts in elevating the Kingdom’s telecommunication sector, saying, “The telecommunication sector is a key pillar in the success and prosperity of Bahrain’s economy, particularly the digital economy, and on this occasion I would like to congratulate Batelco on its achievement in launching a world-class certified Data Center that is in line with the Fifth Telecommunications Plan to support the Kingdom’s digital economy and facilitate digital transformation in various sectors.”
“I am pleased to witness the recent remarkable developments in the telecommunication and Information technology sector, which is reflected in the development of mobile services such as the launch of 5G and broadband services, as well as digital solutions related to cloud computing, the Internet of Things and Data Centers, and these are all indicators of very positive progress in the Kingdom’s digital economy.”
Batelco Chairman Shaikh Abdulla conveyed his appreciation to His Excellency Engineer Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed for visiting and opening Batelco’s newest Data Center and thanked him for his continuous support for the telecommunication sector.
“We are proud to host His Excellency Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed and to have him officially inaugurate Batelco’s newest Data Center. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for his continued support to the telecommunication sector, especially to the telecommunication companies in the Kingdom, which has had a great impact on the continued advancement of the Kingdom’s telecommunication and information technology sector and in keeping with international standards.”
“The establishment of a reliable and certified Data Center is part of the company’s efforts to provide world-class facilities and keep up-to-date with the latest developments, especially in the field of data management and security. I would like to confirm that Batelco is continuously developing the services provided to citizens, residents and the business sector, in line with the Fifth National Telecommunications Plan, and the vision of our wise leadership to achieve Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030, especially in the field of the digital economy,” he added.