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Serbia to complete Kragujevac data centre construction in July 2020 – govt official

Author Radomir Ralev
Serbia to complete Kragujevac data centre construction in July 2020 – govt official Mihailo Jovanovic; Source: Jahorina Ekonomski Forum

BELGRADE (Serbia), October 7 (SeeNews) – Serbia plans to complete the construction of a data centre in Kragujevac in July 2020, a government official has said.

“The state is investing 30 million euro ($32.9 million) in the construction of the data centre’s building, while the acquisition of equipment will be financed through a World Bank loan,” the Serbian government’s e-government office director Mihailo Jovanovic said on Friday.

The government has already signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) for the opening of data centres of global companies like Microsoft and Oracle in Kragujevac, while Chinese giant Huawei is also interested in the project, Jovanovic said in a video file posted on the website of Tanjug news agency.

“Huawei is interested in opening its regional data centre for Southeast Europe (SEE) in Kragujevac. We are in talks with Huawei and expect to sign a MoU in the coming month,” Jovanovic said.

The Serbian government also plans to introduce a strategy for the development of artificial intelligence capacity and is in talks with Huawei for the delivery of high-performance computing facilities that enable real-time data processing, he added.

In July, Serbia started the construction of the data centre Kragujevac, which will spread on an area of four hectares and will have a few hundred employees, Jovanovic said earlier this year.

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