KENYA – Amazon Web Services, subsidiary of Amazon that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, has entered a partnership with Safaricom, Kenya’s largest telco, ISP and cell fee supplier, in a collaboration that might spell competitors between American cloud suppliers in Africa.
The APN also helps companies build, market, and sell their AWS offerings by providing valuable business, technical, and marketing support. This achievement recognizes the skills, knowledge and experience in AWS cloud services that the Safaricom PLC team has gained.
“We chose to partner with AWS because it offers customers the broadest and deepest cloud platform, overall commitment to security excellence, and a strong culture of customer obsession. This agreement will allow us to accelerate our efforts to enable digital transformation in Kenya,” said Michael Joseph, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom.
The agreement will accelerate Safaricom’s internal IT transformation, lower costs and provide it with a blueprint and skilled resources to assist customers with their journey to cloud adoption.
There is a high potential for the market to adopt cloud services. Noting from the agreement, Safaricom says, their announcement has been met with interest by customers.
In addition, Safaricom will be able to offer AWS services to East-African customers, allowing businesses of all sizes to quickly get started on AWS cloud and accelerate innovation.