Liquid Telecom supports SME and startup co-working space

22 September 2017

Internet

Liquid Telecom Kenya, part of pan-African telecom group Liquid Telecom, is now providing free internet to Nairobi Garage's newly opened Entrepreneurship Centre in Nairobi, supporting up to 300 co-workers with free high-speed fibre internet connectivity of 150 Mbps. The move forms part of Liquid Telecom Kenya's drive to support businesses across Kenya with both internet and, now, also software services.

Adil Youssefi, Liquid Telecom Kenya's CEO, introduced the free connection at the launch of a joint Liquid Telecom and Microsoft event at the Entrepreneurship Centre outlining the two companies' partnership, which provides international software, such as Microsoft Azure, on the cloud across Africa. Youssefi said Liquid Telecom will be offering Microsoft cloud services and applications that developers and IT professionals can use to build, deploy and manage applications across the continent.

The Liquid Telecom and Microsoft deal offers a cloud connectivity service level agreement that bundles together data and cloud services to ensure that businesses never run out of data bundles, ensuring their operations are seamless. Liquid Telecom is also offering Microsoft Azure enterprise customers in Africa a Microsoft ExpressRoute service; a reliable, cost-effective, lower latency, faster and highly secured connection over the internet into European-based Azure clouds.

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute offers an extension to on-premises networks into the Microsoft cloud over a private connection facilitated by a connectivity provider. With ExpressRoute, connections are established onto the Microsoft cloud services, such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Enterprise Mobility suite and Windows 10. The Microsoft cloud services offer business of all sizes in Africa numerous benefits.

Microsoft Azure enables businesses to develop, test, feedback and retry their applications during development, meaning they can explore new avenues and new technologies. For coworkers at Nairobi Garage's Entrepreneurship Centre, accessing the Liquid Telecom infrastructure and Microsoft cloud will now come as part of a membership costing from KES 2000 to KES15000 a month for a fully enabled working space.

Source: Telecompaper