Telecom Egypt and Microsoft extend cloud network to Egypt
Telecom Egypt is to offer low-latency connectivity into and across Egypt to help enhance performance and increase reliability for customers of Microsoft services.
The partnership between the two will increase Microsoft’s reach into the Egyptian market as well as improving connectivity across North Africa and the Middle East.
We are pleased to partner with Microsoft as it represents one of the first steps toward our strategic digital transformation plan,” said Adel Hamed, chief executive officer, Telecom Egypt. “Telecom Egypt’s geographical position and its digital infrastructure will enable major cloud providers such as Microsoft to enhance their reach to consumers and enterprises in Egypt as well as reach other markets.”
The new enhanced network presence in Egypt will connect through Microsoft’s global network to transatlantic and trans-Arabian paths, which will improve connectivity across North Africa and the Middle East, including enhancing connectivity to the new Microsoft cloud regions in development in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
“Through our collaboration with Telecom Egypt, we are extending Microsoft’s global network in Egypt and improving connectivity across North Africa and the Middle East, added Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president of Azure networking at Microsoft. “We are continuously investing to increase the size, speed, reliability and intelligence of Microsoft’s global network to help enable the digital transformation of organisations and enterprises locally and abroad.”
The new point of presence (PoP) in Egypt will benefit from a direct connection to Microsoft’s global infrastructure, giving access to numerous services for its customers. Additionally, Microsoft’s investment in the region will increase capacity and use the latest in network innovation for the delivery of Microsoft services in Egypt.
“Egypt is moving forward to become a global digital path in the light of its unique characteristics, especially its geographical location overlooking the red and Mediterranean seas. The Ministry is committed to the development of the telecom and information technology industry in Egypt, and appreciates partnerships that empower local institutions and drive business development,” said, Amr Talaat, Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology.