MTN Group to offer Amazon Web Services Direct Connect in Africa

MTNAWS offers a broad set of database and deployment services that help organisations move faster, lower IT costs and scale applications. (Image source: Sigma Delta /Flickr)Mobile telecom company MTN has announced that it will offer Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect to business customers in Africa

According to the telecom firm, the new service is expected to leverage MTN’s global network footprint and would provide customers with connectivity between their data centres or businesses to AWS.

AWS Direct Connect is a network service that provides an alternative to using the Internet, in order to utilise AWS cloud services.

Mteto Nyati, chief enterprise officer at MTN, said, “The relationship with Amazon is an important step in our plans to address the needs of enterprise customers in emerging markets, particularly Africa. AWS Direct Connect is one of the ways in which MTN is addressing the needs of its enterprise customers.”

AWS Direct Connect is expected to bring significant benefits to multinational and large enterprise customers by providing a more consistent network performance when they access AWS, added Nyati.

Steve Midgley, head of EMEA at AWS noted, “We are excited to be working with MTN to bring the security and reliability of AWS Direct Connect to customers across Africa. By utilising AWS Direct Connect, customers would be able to reduce network costs, increase bandwidth throughput and provide a more consistent network experience.”

Nyati added that MTN would be adding new services to its cloud offering in the coming months.

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