Tencent Cloud forays into the Middle East with a launch of DC in Bahrain
Published 4 March 2021
Chinese tech giant Tencent will officially make its first entry into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market with the construction of a data center in Bahrain.
The company’s cloud computing arm, Tencent Cloud, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) to build an internet data center and a public cloud infrastructure in the region.
Besides the data center, other the terms of the MoU include measures that will help the advancement of cloud adoption in the region and develop local talent. According to the MoU, Bahrain EDB, together with public and private stakeholders will encourage the continued adoption of cloud services to further the digital transformation agenda. Additionally, support will be offered to partner companies to leverage cloud services in collaboration with local stakeholders such as Tamkeen.
Further, Tencent Cloud will explore and set up training initiatives jointly with the local government in universities and educational institutions across the Kingdom to allow for further knowledge transfer and qualified digital technology talent.
H.E. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, said that the collaboration is an “important milestone” in Bahrain’s journey to become the MENA region’s cloud and data center hub.
“The launch of the new data center stands to create a clustering effect as other global providers turn their attention to the increasingly attractive region, with Bahrain positioned as the destination of choice with proactive initiatives such as the Government’s ‘Cloud-First’ policy and nationwide 5G,” he added.
Poshu Yeung, Senior Vice President at Tencent Cloud International, said: “While the local government in Bahrain has been making significant efforts to grow the local IDC industry, Tencent Cloud is excited to collaborate with Bahrain EDB as part of our ongoing efforts to ramp up the global IDC landscape.”
“We will launch all necessary steps to set up a brand-new IDC in Bahrain to provide better coverage all over the Middle East and North African regions along the Belt and Road, fully supporting Bahrain’s ‘Cloud-First’ strategy,” Yeung added.
The data center is expected to go live by the end of 2021.