Turkish conglomerate Yda plans data centre in Rwanda


Turkish multi-industry holding group Yda is in talks with the Rwanda Development Board's (RDB's) ICT department to invest in a data centre in the country, IT Web reported. Rwanda has become a 'sweet spot' for Turkish investors after the opening of a Rwandan consulate in Istanbul last September.

The data centre will be in addition to the USD 5 million National Data Centre (NDC) co-financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The NDC connects and allows secure access to information from government offices, and provides back-up information for companies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) commercially.

Other countries are also eyeing opportunities in Rwanda's ICT sector. The RDB signed a USD 6.7 million contract in April with the Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) to provide 1.244 Gbps of internet bandwidth. The RDB hopes that these inputs, together with other ICT-related investments, will make Rwanda East Africa's ICT hub as it reduces its dependency on agriculture.