Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has partnered with Microsoft through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme to deliver cloud services across Afrika. The partnership means that Liquid Telecom will provide businesses across Afrika with Microsoft cloud services and products, such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10.
Initially on offer to customers in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Zimbabwe, Microsoft’s cloud services will eventually be made available across Liquid Telecom’s entire network footprint, which serves customers through one single point of contact and service level agreement.
The agreement brings together enterprise-grade reliability and performance from Microsoft Azure Cloud with Liquid Telecom’s award-winning fibre network, which stretches over 50,000km and connects more African countries and enterprises on a single network than any other.
“Through our extensive open access fibre network and integrated data centre capabilities in southern and eastern Africa, Microsoft and Liquid Telecom is better positioned to serve Africa’s digital future, which increasingly belongs in the cloud,” said Nic Rudnick, Group CEO at Liquid Telecom.
In May 2017, Microsoft revealed its plans to deliver Microsoft Cloud for the first time from data centres located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa with initial availability anticipated in 2018. Currently, many companies in Afrika rely on cloud services delivered from outside of the continent, but Microsoft’s investment will provide cloud services across Africa with the option of data residency in South Africa.
“The adoption of smart, cloud-based solutions continues to gain traction across Africa, thanks to cloud solution providers such as Liquid Telecom who are leveraging the Microsoft Azure platform to more quickly build innovative offerings that become critical components of customers' IT strategies,” said Bruno Delamarre, MEA One Commercial Partner Group Lead at Microsoft.