Telecommunications carrier CMC Networks and data center provider Teraco Data Environments have collaborated to improve connectivity of African countries to clouds by partnering on CMC Network’s Multi Cloud Connect project.
In this project, CMC Networks will tap into Teraco’s Africa Cloud Exchange so as to provide a direct connection to cloud regions in South Africa without having to first route to Europe before routing back to South Africa.
“By providing the essential building blocks, the Africa Cloud Exchange greatly assists us to provide our customers with the most direct and best possible cloud experience across the continent with stringent service levels to suit,” said Marisa Trisolino, CEO, CMC Networks, in a statement.
CMC Networks, which has over 100 points of network presence globally, and Teraco’s relationship goes back to past a decade ago, and the two companies are now working towards offering a fast cloud exchange experience for African Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and data carriers.
“We believe the nature of the Africa Cloud Exchange will encourage and lead to increased cloud innovation. It is an outstanding platform and will support us to achieve our strategic cloud objective, which centers on solving cross-border cloud connectivity problems throughout Africa,” Trisolino added.
Andrew Owens, peering and interconnection specialist at Teraco says Multi Cloud Connect will offer a better cloud experience to users by reducing network latency, scaling on demand, and ultimately lowering network costs. “We empower our carrier communities to do more in the cloud by providing secure, direct, flexible network connections to a wide range of local and global cloud service providers,” Owens said in the statement.
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are the key regions in the continent that can expect sub 100ms RTD.
“The cloud era is a very exciting one for us. With our significant Africa network, Cloud Connect will undoubtedly play a vital role in the growth and improvement of cloud adoption across the African continent,” Trisolino concluded.