Safaricom Becomes Amazon Web Services Reseller in East Africa
Kenyan telco Safaricom has entered into a strategic agreement to become Amazon Webs Services (AWS) reseller.
According to the telco, the agreement will speed its internal IT transformation, ‘lower costs and provide it with a blueprint and skilled resources to assist customers with their journey to the cloud.’
“We chose to partner with AWS because it offers customers the broadest and deepest cloud platform, overall commitment to security excellence, and a strong culture of customer obsession,” said Michael Joseph, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom.
“This agreement will allow us to accelerate our efforts to enable digital transformation in Kenya,” he added.
The move comes after Amazon showed interest in establishing a new edge location in Nairobi in November 2019.
Clients in the East-African region will have the ability to access the AWS through Safaricom, enabling businesses of all sizes to commence quickly on the AWS cloud. AWS accessibility will also see innovation in the region improved significantly.
The announcement makes Safaricom one of the first APN members across East Africa. The new partnership deal has reportedly sparked interest among potential customers, including enterprises, startups, and even government agencies, the telco said in a statement.
Also, the telco has partnered with Amazon’s global partner program AWS Partner Network (APN), a program for technology and consulting businesses leveraging AWS in building solutions and services for their clients.