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Oracle to open its second African public cloud region in Kenya


Tech giant Oracle has revealed plans to establish a public cloud region in Nairobi, Kenya as part of its wider strategy to expand its Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) in Africa. 

This will be the company’s second OCI cloud region in the continent with the first one being in Johannesburg South Africa 

Oracle revealed during a meeting between an Oracle delegation led by Scott Twaddle, senior vice president responsible for OCI Product and Industries, and Kenya’s president William Ruto. Also present during the meeting was cabinet secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy Eliud Owalo.

Oracle says the planned public cloud region in Nairobi underscores its commitment to Africa and aims to help drive the digital transformation of the Kenyan government, public institutions, enterprises, startups, universities, and investors in Kenya and the continent..

OCI’s unique cloud architecture enables Oracle to offer its full suite of more than 100 hyperscale cloud services. The Government of Kenya and the private sector can leverage this to increase the ease of doing business in Kenya.

“We are delighted to see Oracle planning such an important investment in Kenya,” said President William Ruto. 

 “I am excited to see major technology companies like Oracle investing in Kenya and bringing state-of-the-art technologies like AI and cloud applications that will benefit Kenyan citizens, especially in creation of jobs.”

“Oracle’s intent to open a public cloud region in Nairobi will be a key component of Kenya’s Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda initiative, which is focused on digital transformation, private sector development, agricultural transformation, housing development, and healthcare modernization,” said Eliud Owalo, cabinet secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Kenya.

Oracle says it will be taking advantage of Kenya’s renewable energy and digital infrastructure including abundant submarine and national connectivity.

“We are delighted to extend our commitment to helping Kenya accelerate the digital transformation of its government and private sector,” said Scott Twaddle, senior vice president of product and Industries, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “OCI is leveraged by governments and companies across the world as a scalable and secure platform for mission-critical workloads on which to drive innovation and transformation. We already have a strong business in Kenya, and the upcoming public cloud region in Nairobi represents a significant next step forward in helping support the country’s economic goals.”

President Ruto said Kenya will continue to facilitate technology companies seeking to set up their footprints in Africa.

‘’In line with the government’s strategy to lay 100,000km of fibre optic, provide digital jobs and digitise government services, Kenya continues to be a prime destination for international IT companies’’ he said.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech and African startups. Founder and Editor of TechTrends Media. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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