Last month AWS announced that its Cape Town availability zone is up and running, with a data centre presence now in the region. The move has been welcomed by all, and now Vodacom has confirmed that it will be partnering with AWS when it comes to delivering services to its business clients.

“Vodacom is an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner with operations across the African continent, so naturally we are very pleased that they have made the decision to invest in the South African market, as well as the broader African market, by opening these data centres in Cape Town,” noted Shameel Joosub, Vodacom Group CEO, regarding the decision.

“The most exciting aspect of this is the integration of AWS into the Vodacom Network, which will allow our clients to take advantage of the benefits of both offerings, and use them to transform their businesses into digitally enabled, tech-first companies,” he adds.

This is the second significant announcement made by the network this week, with Vodacom having recently made 5G connectivity available locally in six areas of the country. As such, despite the hurdles presented by COVID-19 currently, a few more pieces have fallen into place for the carrier’s 2020 plans.

Looking at what advantages this partnership will hold for local business clients, Vodacom explains that these services can help boost digital transformation and cloud adoption strategies for many organisations in the country. The form highlights Big Data, artificial intelligence and machine learning as services earmarked for enhancement.

Consequently, there will be quite a few more elements to be on the lookout for, from Vodacom in the coming years.

“The launch of the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region will enable us to fully leverage AWS’s capabilities to execute an all-in strategy by 2023. In addition, the launch of the AWS Region will allow us to deliver integrated solutions, such as our Internet of Things (IoT) offerings, expanding our customer value propositions and drive new revenue streams,” says Shameel.

“We have also created the Vodacom AWS Cloud Centre of Excellence to help Small and Medium sized businesses, Enterprise, as well as Public Sector clients migrate to the AWS Cloud. This will ensure that Vodacom Business’s clients accelerate adoption and benefit from next generation technologies including 5G, AI, Block chain, Mobile Edge, IoT, Robotics and mobile applications,” he concludes.