Nairobi — Kenya‘s internet speeds are set to become steadier, faster and more secure after a global nonprofit, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), confirmed the country will be home to one of Africa’s largest data centers.
The Nairobi hub will be one of the company’s four hubs that will, among other things, reduce the loading time of a website, especially during peak internet usage periods.
“The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will install and manage two new ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) clusters in Africa, one of which is located in Kenya. This is ICANN’s first investment of its kind in Africa,” the company said in a statement.
Also, the centers aim to reduce the impact of a potential cyber attack on the continent.
“Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) cyber attacks work by overloading servers with a barrage of requests. With two separate IMRS cluster sites and higher bandwidth and data processing capacity, the risk of the internet going down due to a cyber attack is significantly reduced. Increased capacity reduces the impact of attacks,” the company added.
Göran Marby, President and CEO of ICANN, said that adding the clusters in Africa is an important step in stimulating Internet access and strengthening Internet stability across the continent.
“The expansion of our infrastructure in Africa is consistent with ICANN’s mission to ensure the Internet remains secure, stable and resilient around the world,” he said
Joseph Mucheru, EGH, Cabinet Secretary at Kenya’s Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, hailed the investment as a positive development both in line with the African Digital Transformation Strategy (2020-2030) and in particular with Kenya’s Digital Economy Blueprint
“We therefore thank ICANN for their trust in once again selecting Kenya as one of the hosts of this important infrastructure that would serve not only Kenya but the rest of Africa and the world. The implementation of this initiative will be of immense importance in accelerating the digital transformation agenda in Kenya.”