Econet's Liquid Telecom to Offer Direct Connectivity to Azure Cloud over 25 PoPs in Africa

Econet's Liquid Telecom to Offer Direct Connectivity to Azure Cloud over 25 PoPs in Africa Image Credit: Microsoft

Leading pan-African telecoms group and a subsidiary of Econet Global, Liquid Telecom will become a Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute partner with pan-African network reach when the Microsoft Azure cloud platform is generally available in 2018.

Through its CloudConnect service, Liquid Telecom will be offering direct private connections to Microsoft’s South African ExpressRoute locations allowing businesses of all sizes in Africa to have private access to Azure on their own continent.

CloudConnect for Azure ExpressRoute will enable customers to create private, predictable, high performance, SLA based connections between Azure data centres and infrastructure on their premises or in a colocation environment.

To support access to Azure services, Liquid Telecom is adding CloudConnect nodes to over 25 Points of Presence (PoPs) across Africa, and is also making major upgrades to Liquid Telecom data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town to meet the needs of global cloud players and enterprise customers.

Liquid Telecom is already taking pre-orders from some of the region’s largest enterprises for CloudConnect, which leverages its extensive pan-African fibre network that connects more African countries on a single network than any other. This is part of Liquid Telecom’s strategy to become an integrated fibre network, data centre, content and digital services provider.

In August, Liquid Telecom joined Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider programme and is now able to offer Azure as a managed service to enterprises and small businesses alike in the region.

Ross Ortega, Microsoft Azure, Networking Product Management, Microsoft
Liquid Telecom’s extensive fibre footprint across Africa provides support for the upcoming launch of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform in South Africa.

Nic Rudnick, Group CEO, Liquid Telecom 
The arrival of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform in South Africa is a statement to the world on how far Africa’s cloud ecosystem has come.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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