Microsoft East Africa and pan-African data, voice and IP provider Liquid Telecom have announced a new partnership to develop the access and use of cloud services across the continent (via TechTrendsKE). By combining Liquid Telecom's large network and Microsoft's cloud offerings such as Office 365 and Azure, both companies plan to improve the development of SMBs and startups with a more affordable cloud. The partnership will also lead to the creation of "Business in a box," a bundle including various cloud services plus connectivity options for SMBs.
Frank McCosker, Microsoft's General Manager of Affordable Access and Smart Financing 4Afrika explained that “we believe in the power and potential of businesses in Africa and we look forward to providing the best that cloud computing has to offer. In the age of digital transformation, we want to provide not only secure data storage, but the efficiency and scalability that businesses need to achieve more.”
Digital transformation is going to be an important topic for companies of all sizes in the near future, and the partnership could well speed up the adoption of cloud services in Africa. “Cloud computing is still gaining momentum on the continent, but we believe it has the potential to transform the way businesses of all sizes operate," explained Ben Roberts, Group CTO of Liquid Telecom. "Through better connectivity, faster internet and secure cloud offerings, businesses will have the platforms and tools they need to grow and succeed," he added.