Kenya’s biggest company by market value Safaricom, says it will start offering Amazon Web Services (AWS) to East African customers, allowing businesses of all sizes to quickly get started on AWS cloud and accelerate innovation.
On Thursday, the telco announced a strategic agreement with AWS, which will see it become a reseller of AWS services.
The agreement is designed to accelerate Safaricom’s internal IT transformation, lower costs and provide it with a blueprint and skilled resources to assist customers with their journey to the cloud.
“We chose to partner with AWS because it offers customers the broadest and deepest cloud platform, overall commitment to security excellence, and a strong culture of customer obsession. This agreement will allow us to accelerate our efforts to enable digital transformation in Kenya,” said Michael Joseph, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom.
Safaricom also announced the attainment of Advanced Consulting Partner status in the AWS Partner Network (APN), becoming one of the first APN members in East Africa.
The APN is the global partner program for technology and consulting businesses that leverage AWS to build solutions and services for customers.
The APN helps companies build, market, and sell their AWS offerings by providing valuable business, technical, and marketing support. This achievement recognizes the skills, knowledge and experience in AWS cloud services that the Safaricom PLC team has gained.