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30 August 2017
| James Pearce
Liquid Telecom has struck a partnership with Microsoft that will see it offer scalable and secure cloud services across Africa.
The partnership, under Microsoft’s Cloud
Solution Provider (CSP) programme, will see Liquid for the
first time serve businesses across Africa with cloud services
and products, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics
365, Microsoft Office 365, and Windows 10.
Liquid will run the service across its 50,000km fibre
network which spans the African continent, although it will
initially only be made available to customers in South Africa,
Tanzania, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Liquid Telecom said it will then
expand the service, eventually veering its entire network,
serving customers through one single point of contact and
service level agreement.
"Demand for cloud services is increasing exponentially
across Africa as organisations look for greater agility,
flexibility and security to grow their business," said Nic
Rudnick, group CEO, Liquid Telecom.
"Through our extensive open access fibre network and
integrated data centre capabilities in southern and eastern
Africa, Microsoft and Liquid Telecom is better positioned to
serve Africa’s digital future, which increasingly
belongs in the cloud."
Demand for cloud services is growing at a rapid rate, with
the continent seen as one of the fast growing markets, as
businesses use the cloud to transform and accelerate innovation
across sectors including agriculture, education and
Earlier this year, Microsoft committed to investing in cloud
services delivered from Africa. In May, it revealed plans to
deliver Microsoft Cloud for the first time from data centres
located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa with
initial availability anticipated in 2018.
"The adoption of smart, cloud-based solutions continues to
gain traction across Africa, thanks to cloud solution providers
such as Liquid Telecom who are leveraging the Microsoft Azure
platform to more quickly build innovative offerings that become
critical components of customers' IT strategies," said Bruno
Delamarre, MEA One Commercial Partner Group Lead at
"As our trusted technology partner, we look forward to
working together to bring these benefits to local and regional