The leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) HUAWEI CLOUD unveiled South Africa as its newest cloud region at AfricaCom 2018, this make the company the world’s first cloud service provider that operates a local data center to render cloud services in Africa.
Huawei Cloud South Africa, will commence provision and rendering of cloud services at the end of this year 2018, giving room for companies, organizations operating within South Africa and other African countries surrounding south Africa to access lower-latency, reliable, and secure cloud services, which includes Elastic Cloud Server (ECS), Elastic Volume Service (EVS), and Object Storage Service (OBS). Huawei Cloud as well pointed on their plan to unveil more regions in Africa.
Mr. Robert Nkuna who is the Director-General, National Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services in South Africa, said:
“Huawei has been a great technology partner to our country and they have regularly brought cutting-edge technologies to our shores. The launch of the Huawei Cloud Service is taking place in an exciting period in our country. For an example, we are investing in skills development with various partners. We will engage Huawei to transfer cloud technology skills to SA and the continent. We are convinced that we can fast-track our development if we work in partnership with other stakeholders.”
President of Huawei Southern Africa Region, Li Peng said:” Huawei has been operating in Africa for about 20 years, contributing to the social and economic development and enriching the lives of Africans with its ICT solutions and services. We have a deep understanding of the African market, and this makes us capable of meeting customers’ current and potential needs effectively and proficiently. South Africa is one of the most diverse and promising emerging markets globally with tremendous potential. With cloud services, we are aiming to unleash the latent capacity by introducing cloud computing, one of the crucial engines driving growth in this era.”
Vice President of Huawei Cloud Business Unit, Edward Deng continued to say that, “Huawei has over 30 years of technical expertise in ICT infrastructure and products. Huawei provides reliable, secure, and sustainable cloud services to customers worldwide. Looking forward, Huawei Cloud’s innovative technologies and services, such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence, will help African governments, carriers, and enterprises in a variety of industries such as finance, energy, agriculture, to leapfrog to a fully-connected, intelligent era.”
During this remarkable event, Huawei Cloud released the Africa Partnership Program with local channel partners, such as T-systems, Altron, ATOS, Datacentrix, BCX, EOH, Gijima, StorTech, TCM, Tech Mahindra, and XON.
In addition, Huawei as well launched InTouch Aggregator, a platform powered on HUAWEI CLOUD, which helps connect carriers, open up telecom capabilities, enable OTT, and build up the cloud ecosystem.
Huawei Cloud and its partners’ global reach cover Southeast Asia, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Africa, and China, with 22 regions and 37 availability zones. A growing number of organizations, such as Groupe PSA, Santander Bank, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Falabella, and Andreani, have chosen Huawei Cloud and partners, thanks to their cutting-edge technologies and professional local technical support.