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Safaricom Partners with Amazon in Bid to Bring More Cloud Services to East Africa

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Luis Monzon
Luis Monzon
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Amazon Web Services (AWS), the largest cloud computing platform on Earth, has been planning to set up an Edge location in Kenya for some time now. However new developments in Nairobi between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and AWS execs have seen the signing of a strategic agreement between the Amazon service and Kenya’s largest mobile operator, Safaricom. This new deal will allow the operator to resell AWS services, reports Techweez.

This agreement aims to accelerate Safaricom’s internal IT transformation, cut operational costs and provide it with “a blueprint and skilled resources to assist customers with their journey to the cloud,” says Safaricom, who have attained Advanced Consulting Partner Status in the AWS Partner Network – its first member from the East Africa region.

Safaricom will also be able to offer, not just Kenya, but also to other East African customers. Cloud services, according to Safaricom, are some of the increasingly most valuable for a business that wants to go beyond boundaries with their innovation.

Amazon says that AWS Partner Network (APN) consulting partners are “professional services firms that help customers of all types and sizes design, architect, build, migrate, and manage their workloads and applications on AWS, accelerating their journey to the cloud.’

“We chose to partner with AWS because it offers customers the broadest and deepest cloud platform, overall commitment to security excellence, and a strong culture of customer obsession. This agreement will allow us to accelerate our efforts to enable digital transformation in Kenya,” said Michael Joseph, CEO of Safaricom.

Edited by Luis Monzon

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