Liquid Telecom, Strathmore team up to create data analytics centre

Liquid Telecom Kenya offices on Mombasa Road in Nairobi. PHOTO | FILE | NMG
Liquid Telecom Kenya offices on Mombasa Road in Nairobi. PHOTO | FILE | NMG 

Liquid Telecom has partnered with Strathmore Business School (SBS) to set up a data analytics centre focused on data-driven research.

Under the partnership, Liquid will provide the new Strathmore Africa Analytics Data Centre with dedicated rack space and colocation services at the East Africa Data Centre (EADC) located at Sameer Industrial Park along Mombasa Road.

Colocation is the housing of privately-owned servers and networking equipment in a third party data centre, with the service including provision of space, electricity, cooling and security for the servers.

The Internet service provider will also establish a direct fibre link between the SBS campus and EADC in Nairobi, which will facilitate data analytic services such as data mining, predictive analysis and exploratory data analysis.

“Strathmore envision a data centre that will cultivate data analytics to help executive entrepreneurs and government make data driven decisions.

“We feel it’s a moral duty to include the new data modules into the entire curriculum of our university,” says Dr George Njenga, Dean Strathmore Business School in a statement Thursday.

EADC is the region’s largest and only Tier III certified data centre standing on 1,000 square feet.

It hosts servers for Tata, Level3, Seacom, Safaricom #ticker:SCOM, JamiiTelcom, Access Kenya, Orange Telkom Kenya Ltd, Wananchi Online, and Frontier Optical Network and Liquid Telecom.

The centre also hosts points of presence for global carriers owning fibre network infrastructure as well as carriers with international coverage.