Safaricom partners with Amazon for cloud services, spelling out competition between American Cloud

Safaricom CEO, Michael Joseph. Image|Courtesy
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Leading telecommunication company Safaricom has entered into a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), a deal that will allow the company lead in accelerating digital transformations in the country.

Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph confirmed the partnership, saying it will be the best to give customers the best cloud experience.

“The APN is… the program for technology… businesses who leverage AWS to build solutions and services for customers… and sell their AWS offerings by providing valuable business, technical, and marketing support,”

“We chose to partner with AWS because it offers customers the broadest and deepest cloud platform…. This agreement will allow us to accelerate our efforts to enable digital transformation in Kenya,” said Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph.

“Safaricom will be able to offer AWS services to East-African customers, allowing businesses of all sizes to quickly get started on AWS cloud,” the company statement continued.

According to TechCrunch, the two companies’ collaboration could spell competition between American cloud providers in Africa.

Safaricom outlined the arrangement as a “strategic agreement”, which will involve selling of AWS services (primarily cloud) to its East Africa customer network.

Safaricom — whose products include the famed M-Pesa mobile money product — will also become the first Advanced Consulting Partner for the AWS partner network in East Africa, writes TechCrunch.

 

Source: TechCrunch

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