Angola Cables announced today, 2 November 2017, that it has become a Microsoft ExpressRoute partner to meet the needs of Africa-based organisations migrating business applications and IT infrastructures to the cloud and accelerating digital transformation on the continent.
“We see ACloud Connect as a natural extension of customers’ own IT infrastructures,” said Antonio Nunes, Angola Cables Chief Executive Officer.
“In addition to benefiting from the scale and economics of Microsoft Azure, Africa-based customers should also look forward to low latency services.”
“Microsoft’s enterprise experience and approach to the cloud addresses customers’ needs in a differentiated way. Our unique approach to the cloud spans three areas that, when combined, give customers the most choice and flexibility with the cloud: enterprise capabilities, global cloud infrastructure, and comprehensive hybrid solutions,” said Laurence Janssens, Microsoft Southern Africa Country Manager.
“Through the partnership with Microsoft, Angola Cables seems to be making all the right moves to become a key enabler of cloud adoption on the continent,” said Lehlohhonolo Mokenela, Frost & Sullivan Africa Industry Analyst for the Digital Transformation Practice.
“The impact on latency and the cost of bandwidth will make cloud an even more viable option for enterprises across Africa. This will also see greater demand from small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a segment of the market that typically drives cloud adoption in some of the more developed countries. With SACS due to go live in 2018, Angola is well-positioned to become an important technology hub in the region.”
Mokenela further notes that economies with relatively more mature technology adoption such as South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, are already witnessing a growing transition towards the cloud.
“These types of partnerships, along with the impending arrival of new cables like SACS, can provide the platform for greater cloud uptake across the rest of the continent as well.”