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MTN to empower African businesses with AWS Direct Connect

by Sam Wakoba
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MTN_Logo_onlyMTN Group has become the first African company to offer Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect to help enterprises to give firms this side of the world a seamless connection via an Internet Protocol virtual private network.

AWS Direct Connect will be provided South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Uganda, Ghana and Zambia with plans for further extension.

MTN’s data centres are connected to AWS Direct connect site in London and Ireland so enterprises across Africa will get access to this dedicated link giving them access to the flexible, scalable and reliable AWS cloud.

MTN Group Chief Enterprise Officer, Mteto Nyati said, “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.”

“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,” says Nyati.

MTN’s Global MPLS network connectivity offers improved manageability, reliability and performance. As a result, AWS Direct Connect is expected to bring significant benefits to multinational and large enterprise customers by providing a more consistent network performance when they access AWS.

Steve Midgley, Head of EMEA, Amazon Web Services Luxembourg Sarl said, “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.”


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