The Chinese cloud company Tencent Cloud has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) that will see the company build a data centre in the kingdom. This will be its first MENA facility in Bahrain.
The new facility is due to go live by the end of 2021.
Bahrain's Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed pointed out that this was an important milestone in Bahrain's journey to become the MENA region's cloud and data centre hub.
He added: “Tencent joins leading global cloud giants in setting up in Bahrain, which will drive massive growth in data traffic towards MENA. Moreover, the launch of the new data centre stands to create a clustering effect as other global providers turn their attention to the increasingly attractive region.”
Tencent is, of course, far from the only data centre company investing in Bahrain. AWS launched a Bahrain region in 2019, and Huawei has previously built a data centre in the Kingdom.
Tencent has data centre locations in the US, Singapore, Russia, Germany, Canada, and India as well as its home market of China. Last year the company announced it would spend close to $70 billion over the next five years on data centre investment.