MTN to offer AWS Direct Connect in Africa

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The mobile operator also said that the new service will leverage the extensive footprint of MTN’s Global MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) network to provide customers with connectivity between their data centres or businesses, and the AWS EU Ireland region.

As a result of this, African enterprises will have a dedicated link to access the flexible AWS cloud.

“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 [DATA MTN:MTN Group] chief enterprise officer, Mteto Nyati.

“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.”

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The group added that AWS Direct Connect is expected to provide large enterprises with a more consistent network performance.  

Steve Midgley, head of EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) at AWS Luxembourg Sarl 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.”