By Lilian Ochieng, Daily Nation

A group of Kenyan investors under the trade name Icolo.io plan to invest Sh10 billion over 10 years to construct rental data centres.

The massive infrastructure, a part of which is set to be in place by 2016 in Mombasa and Nairobi, will more than double the current data-hosting capacity in the country, which now stands at 500 data centres, against a growing demand.

Icolo Chief Executive Officer Ranjiv Chenikel told the Nation they will set up 580 data stands, acting as a centre for equipment, space and bandwidth for rent.

The firm is looking to plug a gap posed by lack of infrastructure in Kenya plaguing economic transformation, especially in connectivity to rural areas.

Despite the availability of submarine cables such as Eassy, Teams, Seacom and Lion2 in Mombasa, the supply of Internet services is still low in parts of the country.

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