Amazon deal gives Batelco customers AWS Direct Connect

24 October 2017 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


Batelco has become the first carrier in Bahrain to enable regional customers to connect to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect service.

The company says its customers can connect to the AWS cloud via a direct private connection on Batelco’s global network. This provides customers the ability to procure secured connections for high availability and resiliency to use the AWS cloud.

Adel Al-Daylami, chief global business officer at the group, said: “By joining hands with companies such as AWS, Batelco is enabled to offer the most in-demand services to its partners and clients and secure key projects connecting major organisations in disparate locations across the globe.”

As organisations look to move more of their business critical applications to the cloud, network security and performance become critical success factors, he explained.

“Our efforts and plans are in line with the kingdom of Bahrain’s vision to be a Middle East hub for ICT solutions through the expansion of our global network and development of strong partnerships and innovative services, with strong emphasis on digital solutions.”

He said the move boosts Batelco’s global solutions portfolio. “AWS Direct Connect provides a direct and secure low latency connection, enabling our customers to enjoy a private, secure, and high-performance connection to AWS over a one-stop-shop solution.”

Max Peterson, director of AWS’s worldwide public sector business, said: “Batelco will help their customers reduce network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and receive a more consistent network experience as they move their technology infrastructure and build new applications in AWS.”

Batelco owns telcos in six Middle East countries – Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Egypt – and a further eight acquired four years ago from Cable & Wireless Communications, in Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man, Maldives, Diego Garcia, St Helena, Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands.