Bahrain's leading telecom services operator Batelco has announced the official opening of the largest enterprise data centre in the kingdom. The new facility has achieved Tier III certification for design and build from the Uptime Institute.

The data centre, located in Hamala, was inaugurated in the presence of Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation & Telecommunications and Chairman of Batelco Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and other officials.

Spread over a 12,236 sq m area, 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 Bahrain, which is ready to provide hosting services for Enterprise customers.

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 facility 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.

uring 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.

The minister then toured the data centre 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 centre 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, Engineer Kamal Mohammed said,"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 centre 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," he added.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Abdulla said, "The establishment of a reliable and certified data centre 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 stressed.

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