MTN Group will be the first African company to offer Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect to business customers across multiple countries on the continent. The new service will leverage the extensive footprint of MTN’s *Global MPLS network, to provide customers with connectivity between their data centres or businesses and the AWS EU Ireland region.
This will give enterprises across Africa a dedicated link with which they can access the flexible, scalable and reliable AWS cloud. “The relationship with Amazon Web Services is an important step in our plans to address the needs of enterprise customers in emerging markets, particularly Africa,” says MTN Group Chief Enterprise Officer, Mteto Nyati.
“As MTN Business, our purpose is to enable and inspire growth on the continent. We believe that by working with a global technology leader such as Amazon Web Services, MTN will be better placed to enable customers to grow their businesses by providing them with reliable connectivity and access to world-class digital solutions,” says Nyati.
MTN’s Global MPLS network connectivity offers improved manageability, reliability and performance. As a result, AWS Direct Connect is expected to bring significant benefits to multinational and large enterprise customers by providing a more consistent network performance when they access AWS.
Customers are also assured of good quality of service as a result of the service level agreements which MTN offers on MPLS. In addition, customers will benefit from reduced bandwidth costs, as the dedicated connection to AWS will result in a lower data transfer rate than normal Internet data transfer rates.