Chinese tech giant Huawei plans to open a regional data centre for south and southeastern Europe in Kragujevac, central Serbia, Mihailo Jovanovic, head of the Serbian government Office for IT and e-Government.
The Huawei data centre will be situated in the building of the State Data Centre, whose construction began in June.
A memorandum with Huawei is due to be signed within a month.
“We have had discussions with Huawei, primarily about the State Data Centre in Kragujevac. By constructing the large regional data centre, which we are building partly with Serbian budget funds and partly with a World Bank loan, we want to make a specialised facility for storing equipment and data of the public administration and local self-government units, as well as of large commercial users,” Jovanovic explained.
Serbia is the ideal country to become a regional data centre for large commercial users, he said.
He said deals with major Western players in this field, such as Microsoft, Oracle and IBM, had already been initialled.