MTN Group joins AWS Direct Connect service to bolster cloud connectivity

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MTN Group has joined Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Direct Connect service in a bid to improve cloud connectivity and its ability to attract large multinationals to its network.

The operator will provide high-speed links directly to AWS’s Ireland location, one of two of the cloud service provider’s European locations. Earlier this year the firm introduced a second EU-based service in Frankfurt.

“The relationship with Amazon Web Services is an important step in our plans to address the needs of enterprise customers in emerging markets, particularly Africa,” said Mteto Nyati, chief enterprise officer of MTN Group.

“As MTN Business, our purpose is to enable and inspire growth on the continent. We believe that by working with a global technology leader such as Amazon Web Services, MTN will be better placed to enable customers to grow their businesses by providing them with reliable connectivity and access to world-class digital solutions,” Nyati said.

The move is intended to compliment MTN Group’s other cloud initiatives aimed at enticing enterprises onto the company’s network. MTN Business, the Group’s enterprise-focused arm has in July last year rolled out a number of cloud-based services that include marketing tools, security services and a browser-accessible CRM platform, aimed largely at businesses in professional services and retail sectors.

Steve Midgley, head of Amazon Web Services in EMEA said: “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 are able to reduce network costs, increase bandwidth throughput and provide a more consistent network experience, helping African businesses of all sizes to rapidly expand their organisations.”

Source: Business Cloud News 27 January 2015