Microsoft builds wider North African cloud network with Telecom Egypt

Created March 14, 2019
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Microsoft and Telecom Egypt are partnering to extend Microsoft’s cloud network in Egypt and beyond with a new point of presence. Telecom Egypt says it will provide low-latency connectivity into and across Egypt to help enhance performance and increase reliability for customers of Microsoft services. The partnership will increase Microsoft’s reach in the Egyptian market in addition to improving its connectivity across North Africa and the Middle East, the partners said.

Microsoft says its current global network includes over 100 data centres, 135 edge node locations and over 100,000 miles of fibre and undersea cable systems. The new point of presence in Egypt, at an undisclosed location, will benefit from a direct connection to Microsoft’s global infrastructure to enhance the delivery of numerous services.  

“Through our collaboration with Telecom Egypt we are extending Microsoft’s global network in Egypt and improving connectivity across North Africa and the Middle East,” said Yousef Khalidi, Microsoft corporate vice president for Azure Networking.  

Amr Talaat, minister of communications and information technology of Egypt, said: “Through Egypt Vision 2030, Egypt is spearheading a promising digital transformation strategy that will transform the society and the economy. We value collaboration that aims to empower local enterprises and accelerate transformation for business advancement.”  

The government controls Telecom Egypt. Talaat added: “Egypt is capitalising on its unique geographic location, which makes it a hub for digital businesses and data centre activity due to the strong presence of submarine cables passing through both the Red and Mediterranean seas.”

Telecom Egypt is connected to more than 11 subsea cable systems from the east and 13 from the west. Microsoft’s enhanced network presence in Egypt will improve the company’s interconnectivity with new Microsoft cloud regions in both South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.


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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation