AfricaCom 2018 is currently underway in Cape Town which means there are a number of announcements incoming. The latest one involves Liquid Telecom, which will now scale out Microsoft Azure across its 70 000 kilometre pan-African infrastructure, also referred to as the Cape to Cairo network.

We spoke to Liquid Telecom’s Reshaad Sha a few weeks ago regarding the company’s plans for the Cape to Cairo network, and at the time he hinted that something was in the offing for Microsoft Azure.

As it turns out, this is the development he was referring to.

“This breakthrough scale-out of the Microsoft cloud-based architecture, announced today at AfricaCom 2018, offers customers across the continent limitless opportunities for agility, innovation, and secure, compliant growth,” enthused an AfricaCom press statement on the announcement.

Without waxing too lyrical, the Cape to Cairo network created by Liquid Telecom now enables Microsoft Azure-based services to extend to other parts of the continent.

“The Cape to Cairo capability for Microsoft Azure is enabled by Liquid Telecom’s forward-thinking ecosystem: five world-class data centres, connected via a pan-African fibre network approaching 70,000km; five regions offering the Microsoft Azure Stack hybrid cloud; and the company’s position as a Microsoft Tier I and Tier II Could Solution Provider,” explains Liquid Telecom.

The five aforementioned regions are South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda, with Liquid Telecom noting that more countries will be added to that list in 2019.

As such, making Microsoft Azure services available to more regions on the continent should help Liquid Telecom with its ambition to be the premier cloud infrastructure provider in Africa.

“This increased availability of Microsoft Azure answers the call from customers across Africa for a truly modern hybrid cloud,” says Dean Erasmus, Azure business lead for Africa at Microsoft.

“It enables customers across the continent to simplify IT implementation and reap the benefits associated with cloud operating models, either hosted or delivered on-premise. Liquid Telecom is a trusted partner of Microsoft to drive this strategy forward. The breadth of their fibre network, data centre infrastructure, market reach and expertise enable customers to realise their business objectives more quickly and effectively,” he concludes.

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